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Name: Lindsey Faucher Section: A Raising Writers – Study Guide CHAPTER 1 “Paying Attention to Miracles” 1. On page 3, Shagoury quotes Anne Haas Dyson when she says, “Dyson reminds us that it is crucial to ‘articulate a developmental vision that moves beyond the textually tidy developmental path’ . . . and embrace the complex sources and inventions from which children draw.” Explain, thoroughly, what this means. Be sure to explain all key terms. Ideas from the example in the book might be helpful, although not necessary. You might even consider including your own example/s. This means that teachers and parents must let children experiment and try new things while developing language. There is no “right” way to develop: a child is capable of so many things and it is important for them to be able to explore and try out new things. The real world of learning is messy: children do not always stay in the lines. Therefore, adults must be prepared to accept and provide support to children when they are developing their skills. Every child is different, and learns about language in their own way. For example, I remember when I was in kindergarten and used to draw pictures representing what I wanted to say. Looking back on them now, I can see that the words next to the pictures were made up of nonsense letters, but the pictures I drew were detailed enough that my parents were able to understand what I wanted to tell them. I was moving at my own pace and in the “symbol stage, “ and my parents accepted it and supported me rather than correcting me or trying to change it. Children are all different and learn in different ways at different paces. It would be easy to just take a correcting pen and try to tell children to change what they do right away, but that is not allowing them to be in a comforting and respectful learning environment. By helping them along the way and providing them with guidance and support, children will be smooth sailing. 2. Adults often believe that children must know their letters before they can write. Is this consistent with the approach presented in this book? Explain. No, this is not consistent with the approach presented in the book. This chapter explained how every little part of a children’s writing development is important. From scribbling to making symbols on a page in order to represent meaning, adults must take
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