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ERIC Number: EJ1033833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
The Power of Photography as a Catalyst for Teaching Informational Writing
Lilly, Elizabeth; Fields, Charla
Childhood Education, v90 n2 p99-106 2014
Writing and photography are composition processes that help develop children's linguistic and visual competencies, respectively. Using photography in teaching writing has been found to enhance students' literacy skills by naturally invoking their interest and motivation, and eventually strengthening the reading-writing relationship. Children can combine pictures and writing to tell real or imagined stories, containing personal meaning and looking at the world through their unique lenses. This article describes a 4th-grade photography and informational writing project. It discusses the positive outcomes of using students' own photographs as a stimulus for informational writing--a way of integrating literacy with other subjects and motivating students to write interesting, relevant, and creative texts. Complementing composition through words with composition through images can have a powerful impact on student motivation and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 2; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia