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This accessible book examines the nature of children's writing, and helps teachers discover how to best nurture in children's creative potential. A thorough explanation of the practices and strategies needed to understand young writers and their writing, the book provides a wealth of information and ideas about the language, interests, and creative capabilities of today's children. Strong pedagogy offers explicit, practical examples with direct application to instruction. Each chapter begins with a brief vignette that captures the drama and excitement of becoming a writer. Boxed features summarize the best approaches to putting instructional concepts and strategies into practice. For Elementary English Teachers.
1. Language, Thinking, and Patterns of Early Writing.
2. The Writing Process.
3. Prewriting: Creating a Plan.
4. Drafting: First Thoughts.
5. Revising: Making Writing Better.
6. Post Writing: Sharing and Publishing.
7. Literature and Writing.
8. Evaluating Writing.
9. Writing as Therapy.
10. Teachers as Writers.
11. Writing Poetry with Children.
12. Spelling and Writing.
13. Grammar, Punctuation, and Writing.
14. Creating Writing Environments: Nurturing Creative Potential.