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ERIC Number: EJ882913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Generous Reading: Seeing Students through Their Writing
Spence, Lucy K.
Reading Teacher, v63 n8 p634-642 May 2010
This article describes the writing of one third-grade English-language learner (ELL) to illustrate how generous reading can provide a bridge for ELLs when their writing is not yet ready for a more judgmental reading. It presents a formalized approach that builds upon students' linguistic strengths and traces their written words to sources in the immediate context and the wider world. This methodology draws upon a sociocultural theory of language learning and poststructuralist literary theory through a close reading of texts using a multidisciplinary approach. This article describes the purpose, theory, and methods followed by examples and a discussion. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A