Write Now!: Publishing with Young Authors, PreK-Grade 2 / Edition 1

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It is never too soon to start children on the road to successful writing. We can, and should, work with even the youngest of writers to begin them on the journey from scribbles to letters, to words, to sentences, to purposeful writing. Write Now! offers a practical, proven pathway for encouraging and supporting early writers through publishing and celebrating their work using four key strategies to get them underway.

Karyn Wellhousen Tunks and Rebecca Giles know that for children, sharing their work with family and peers is a powerful motivator for learning to write. Through publishing, students acquire the basic mechanics and concepts of writing, as well as the confidence that their markings can, and will, be interpreted and understood by readers. Tunks and Giles' four strategies will help you guide students from their first written pieces to more sophisticated writing:

  • Dictating Oral Anecdotes helps children see how speech and narrative are connected to writing.
  • Translating Kid Writing gives young writers their first taste of composing and an opportunity to take risks with writing.
  • Creating Cooperative Chronicles introduces children to revising and editing through the energy of group work.
  • Encouraging Independent Authors brings it all together for writers' first on-their-own writing experiences.

From sharp ideas on setting up a classroom full of oral and written language and learning centers where young writers can flourish, to tips on watching for key developmental markers, to information on working with English language learners, introducing genres, and organizing individual student projects, Write Now! has everything you'll need to launch children into a lifetime of writing.

There's no better time to start young children writing than today. So whether you're a new teacher looking for an effective way to teach writing or a seasoned practitioner interested in a philosophically sound approach that's adaptable to a wide range of abilities, start reading Write Now!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325009117
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/23/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     xiii
A Publishing Philosophy: Why and How Young Children Write     1
Publishing Defined     2
A Constructivist View of Learning     4
Strategies for Teaching Writing     4
Dictating Oral Anecdotes     5
Translating Kid Writing     5
Creating Cooperative Chronicles     6
Encouraging Independent Authors     7
Publishing First     7
Supporting Oral Language: Talking Their Way to Publishing     8
Learning Language     8
Learning to Talk     9
Learning to Speak a Second Language     10
Learning to Write     10
Environment as an Influence on Learning Language     11
Learning Language in the Classroom     13
Questioning Techniques     14
Read Alouds     15
Role-playing     16
Retelling Stories     17
Storytelling     19
Literature Props     19
Publishing Language     21
Providing a Writing Environment: Setting the Stage for Publishing     22
An Effective Arrangement     23
Using Learning Centers     24
Center Materials     25
Developing Print Concepts     25
Developing Fine Motor Skills     28
Making It Public     31
Dictating Oral Anecdotes: Publishing Children's First Stories     33
Characteristics of Learners     35
Emergent and Beginning Writers     35
Children with Special Needs     36
English Language Learners     36
Taking Dictation     37
Introduce the Speech-to-Text Connection     37
Provide Support     37
Model Conventions of Print     38
Publishing Dictated Anecdotes from Morning Share Time     38
Publishing Dictated Anecdotes from Stories Children Tell     40
Publishing Dictated Anecdotes in Learning Centers     41
Translating Kid Writing: Publishing Children's First Written Stories     44
Spontaneous Forms of Writing     45
Drawing     46
Scribble-writing     47
Letterlike Forms     48
Letter Strings     48
Conventional Spelling     50
Invented Spelling     51
Environmental Printing     53
Introducing Kid Writing     54
Under Writing      57
Publishing Kid Writing in Journals     59
Recommendations for Daily Journal Writing     61
Encouraging Risk Taking in Reluctant Storytellers and Writers     63
Creating Cooperative Chronicles: Writing and Publishing with Peers     66
Scaffolding Children's Writing     67
Origins of Peer Group Writing Strategies     68
The Language Experience Approach     68
Emergence of Shared Writing and Interactive Writing     69
Emergence of Cooperative Chronicles     70
Cooperative Chronicles: How-To     70
Revising     71
Sequence     71
Content     71
Descriptive Vocabulary     72
Publishing     72
Types of Writing to Publish as Cooperative Chronicles     73
Narratives on Shared Experiences     73
Letters Inspired by Class Content     74
Fiction Writing     75
Retellings     75
Informational Reports     77
Poetry     77
Formula Poems     77
Color Poems     78
"If I were..., Then I Would..." Poems     78
"I Wish..." Poems     78
Encouraging Independent Authors: Writing and Publishing on Their Own     79
Writing Workshop     80
Writing Folders     81
Managing Time     83
Publishing Materials     84
Technology     85
Integrated Curriculum     87
Appendix A     89
Appendix B     90
Appendix C     91
References     93
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