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Gnys at Wrk: A Child Learns to Write and Read

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When he was five and a half years old, Paul Bissex wrote and posted this sign over his workbench: DO NAT DSTRB GNYS AT WRK. The "work" from which this "genius" refused to be "disturbed" was the work typical of all children, namely, the task of learning how to write and read. In GNYS AT WRK, Glenda Bissexgoes far beyond the chronicle of her son's accomplishment to provide the first in-depth case study of a child's confrontation with written language, rich in revelations about the nature and processes of the mind.

Paul begins by writing notes in a system of his own invention--like IEAVGAWNTOOTHESTOR for "I have gone to the store"--and this systembecomes more elaborate as he goes on to create stories, games and signs. Eventually, the system merges with conventional written English as Paul learns to separate words and to associate letters not with their names but with sets of possible sounds.

Glenda Bissex shows how the evolution of Paul's writing ability is closely intertwined with his reading development--in Paul's own words, "once you can write a word you can read it." She also makes an intriguing comparison between Paul's schoolwork and his endeavors at home, and explores the influence of his personal interests and world view on his facility with words. Her study is a unique, detailed account of the "genius" that is, quite simply, the human capacity for language.

Synopsis:

At five years old, the author's son wrote and posted this sign over his workbench: DO NAT DSTRB GNYS AT WRK. The "work" from which this "genius" refused to be "disturbed" was typical of all children, namely learning how to read and write. Bissexgoes far beyond the chronicle of this accomplishment to provide the first in-depth case study of a child's confrontation with written language, rich in revelations about the nature and processes of the mind.

About the Author

Glenda L. Bissex is Research Assistant Professor of English in the Vermont Writing Program, University of Vermont.

Table of Contents

    I. Writing

  1. Paul: Invented Spelling
  2. Other Young Spellers and Writers
  3. Paul: Toward Conventional Spelling
  4. Paul: Sustained and More Mature Writing
  5. Summary
  6. Educational Implications
  7. II. Reading

  8. Paul: Working on Reading
  9. Other Young Readers
  10. Paul: Enjoying Reading
  11. Paul: Working on Vocabulary (7:2–8:3)
  12. Paul: Diversified Reading (7:7–9:11)
  13. Summary of Paul’s Reading Development
  14. Educational Implications for Reading
  15. III. Writing and Reading

  16. Writing and Reading Converge: Paul, Ten Years Old
  17. Relationships between Writing and Reading in Paul’s Development
  18. Learning to Write and Read as Forms of Development
  • References
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674354906
Author:
Bissex, Glenda L.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - General
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Classroom Planning
Subject:
Language Experience Approach
Subject:
Reading (Primary)
Subject:
Education and guidance
Subject:
Reading readiness
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
Education-Classroom Resources
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19851015
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 line-art, 1 halftone
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 12 oz

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"Synopsis" by , At five years old, the author's son wrote and posted this sign over his workbench: DO NAT DSTRB GNYS AT WRK. The "work" from which this "genius" refused to be "disturbed" was typical of all children, namely learning how to read and write. Bissexgoes far beyond the chronicle of this accomplishment to provide the first in-depth case study of a child's confrontation with written language, rich in revelations about the nature and processes of the mind.
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