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Chamberlain, Liz – Literacy, 2019
This paper examines the nature of the out-of-school writing practices of three primary-aged children aged 9-10. In particular, it explores the writing these children chose to undertake at home including 'for school' writing, completed at home. The study's findings reveal the ways in which these three, developing young writers engage and interact…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Writing (Composition), Family Environment, Homework
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Kervin, Lisa; Mantei, Jessica – Literacy, 2016
This paper reports on the digital writing practices of a Grade Three primary school student as he used an iPad to plan, produce and share digital texts. The case study acknowledges that writing is undergoing a period of great change in many classrooms and works to show how a student author has interpreted and produced digital texts with new…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Educational Practices, Handheld Devices, Grade 3
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Jaeger, Elizabeth L. – Literacy, 2016
Educational standards documents worldwide include reading and writing of evidence-based argument as a major focus. In order to help students craft arguments that will be considered seriously by those with the power to make changes that affect them, educators need to cultivate within students their sociological imagination--that is, an…
Descriptors: Sociology, Imagination, Academic Standards, Evidence Based Practice
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Magnifico, Alecia Marie; Curwood, Jen Scott; Lammers, Jayne C. – Literacy, 2015
Young fanfiction writers use the Internet to build networks of reading, writing and editing--literacy practices that are highly valued in schools, universities and workplaces. While prior research shows that online spaces frame multiple kinds of participation as legitimate, much of this work focuses on the extensive contributions of exceptional…
Descriptors: Literacy, Literary Genres, Fiction, Internet
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Schwartz, Lisa H. – Literacy, 2014
This article addresses several challenges faced by educators and students in English classrooms in the US-Mexico borderlands region that will resonate with educators more broadly. I present how Ms Smith, the predominately Latino students in her high school writing class and I moved beyond what Ms Smith called the "tyranny of the…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, High School Students, Writing Instruction, Standardized Tests
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Daniels, Karen – Literacy, 2014
This paper discusses the ways in which young children collaboratively use narrative play and the available space and materials around them in order to exert cultural agency. The collaborative creation of texts is asserted as central to this expression of agency. By presenting an illustrative vignette of a group of 5-year-old boys as they engage in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Play, Vignettes
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Lenters, Kimberly; McTavish, Marianne – Literacy, 2013
This paper examines the use of student planners (agendas) with elementary school students. It asks how teachers, students and parents in two classrooms engage in the literacy practice of using student planners. A literacy object originally introduced to manage schoolwork in and out of school for students with learning difficulties, planners are…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Planning, Literacy Education, Diaries
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Brady, Josephine; Millard, Elaine – Literacy, 2012
This paper documents an evaluation of children's written responses to a story telling package used in an intervention project set up by the National Association for the Teaching of English as part of the larger "Inspire Rotherham" literacy campaign. The brief was to provide a group of primary teachers with innovative and inspirational approaches…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Play, English Instruction, Story Telling
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Adami, Elisabetta – Literacy, 2011
Responding to "In defence of writing" by Havard Skaar, published in issue 43.1 of this journal (April 2009), the present article argues that (1) compared with text production "from scratch," producing texts through copy-and-paste requires a different type of--rather than less--semiotic work, and that (2) digitally produced writing may involve the…
Descriptors: Text Structure, Teaching Experience, Semiotics, Writing Skills
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Boyle, Bill; Charles, Marie – Literacy, 2011
This article relates a child's development in story writing and the progress that she made in achieving text cohesion, spelling development and ideation through the collaborative process. The case study investigates the integration of major aspects of writing development such as collaboration, the importance of peer interactions through social…
Descriptors: Socialization, Spelling, Cooperation, Writing Processes
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Tucha, Oliver; Tucha, Lara; Lange, Klaus W. – Literacy, 2008
A recent review of handwriting research in "Literacy" concluded that current curricula of handwriting education focus too much on writing style and neatness and neglect the aspect of handwriting automaticity. This conclusion is supported by evidence in the field of graphonomic research, where a range of experiments have been used to investigate…
Descriptors: Handwriting, Writing Instruction, Literacy, Writing Skills
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Rimmer, Wayne – Literacy, 2008
Effective writing is to some degree characterised by the ability to use complex grammatical structures. However, grammatical complexity is poorly defined in linguistics and related disciplines such as literacy. This empirical study examined the notion of grammatical complexity and its relevance to literacy. Complexity is multifaceted, so for…
Descriptors: Nouns, Grammar, Writing Skills, Writing (Composition)
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Medwell, Jane; Wray, David – Literacy, 2007
Handwriting has a low status and profile in literacy education in England and in recent years has attracted little attention from teachers, policy-makers or researchers into mainstream educational processes. This article identifies a substantial programme of research into handwriting, including studies located in the domains of special needs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Literacy Education, Intervention
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Frater, Graham – Literacy, 2004
In this paper Graham Frater finds early signs of a revival of explicit instruction in English grammar to pupils of compulsory school age in England; this is accompanied by an expectation that such teaching might play an important part in closing the "writing gap." He suggests that, strengthened by the National Literacy Strategy, this early…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grammar, Literacy, National Curriculum
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Brill, Frances – Literacy, 2004
It is sometimes assumed that the strongest opportunities for developing imagination and empathy through children's writing lie in narrative starting points, whereas other less obviously literary writing forms are more readily associated with functional literacy. Consequently, writing regarded as non-literary is rarely analysed with these qualities…
Descriptors: Imagination, Empathy, Childrens Writing, Play