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This much-needed resource focuses on helping young learners make the transition from oral to written language.
With the guidance of children's writing enthusiast Ruth Shagoury, teachers will learn to listen to all their students and look at their written work with a new and appreciative lens–one that also helps them anticipate and encourage students in developing new skills appropriately. Drawing on her many years of primary classroom teaching and research, Ruth offers primary teachers, early childhood specialists, and caregivers strategies to nurture connections between oral and writing skills at every stage of children’s development for today's multicultural classroom.
With this thorough exploration of how young children learn written language, teachers will walk away with the necessary tools to understand the growth and development of written language in a literate culture. Filled with a wealth of resources for extending learning beyond the classroom, Raising Writers: Understanding and Nurturing Young Children's Writing Development includes interviews with the author and book study questions making this a perfect book for book club study groups.
1 Paying Attention to Miracles
2 Those Aren’t Just Scribbles: Analyzing Early Writing Attempts
3 Drawing and Writing Go Hand in Hand
4 Understanding Young Spellers
5 Conventions and Beyond
6 Language to Language: Special Considerations for Working with Multilingual Writers
7 Stories: Writing, Talking, and Listening to Develop Language and Literacy Skills
Appendix A Developmental Progression in Invented Spelling
Appendix B Books to Support Writing Development for Children and Adolescents
Readers Club Guide
Questions and Topics for Discussion