06 Using Literature to Enhance Writing

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Unformatted text preview: NOBODY BUT A READER EVER BECAME A WRITER Teaching Writing The reading-writing connection The main reason for exposing children to quality literature is aesthetic value; secondary benefits are its influence on student writing. Audience Even young children realize books are written for them to read or hear. They are the audience. Students quickly recognize teachers as a primary audience for their writing, but it should not stop there. It is important for teachers to help students recognize the audience in stories, directions, bulletins, manuals, letters etc. Guide students by asking them what words in the text helped them identify the audience. The reading-writing connection is a strong one. Suitable reading material enhances the writing curriculum. Students who are exposed to rich, varied genres reflect these writings in their own writing. Picture books can be used to introduce genres, vocabulary, audience, and various literary devices. Guided Writing Guided writing occurs whenever writing takes place in the classroom. The student writes as an individual, small group or whole class facilitated by the teacher guiding, suggesting, encouraging. The teachers role is to provide opportunities for choice and peer response. The teacher also provides demonstration lessons focused on selecting an narrowing topics, drafting, organizing, revising, and editing writing. Young and beginning writers Use patterns and pattern books Simple language, rhyme and repetitive language allow students to anticipate what is coming next. This predictability supports focus on writing. Alphabet books Non-fiction Books Expository writing in all-about books Korkeamaki, Tiainen, and Dreher (1998) found 2 nd graders, with appropriate instruction and scaffolding can engage in research using informational texts as a source of data and information for writing. Caps, hats, socks, and mittens.Caps, hats, socks, and mittens....
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