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Raising Writers: Understanding and Nurturing Young Children's Writing Developmentby Ruth E Shagoury
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Raising Writers: Understanding and Nurturing Young Children's Writing Development, 1/e
Join children’s writing enthusiast Ruth Shagoury for an exploration of how primary educators can nurture connections between oral and pictorial communication and writing skills at every stage of development. This much-needed resource focuses on helping young learners make that transition from spoken to written language. Its strong research base and attention to developmental stages gives early childhood specialists the very best background to build an effective program in today’s multicultural classrooms. Ruth also provides work samples and photos, recommendations for further reading, a book club study guide for readers, and a wealth of resources for extending student learning beyond the classroom. When you build early writing skills with these expert steps, you build literacy for a lifetime!
“The author has a lot of experience with this age of student. I would love to see [this book] in the hands of all kindergarten classroom teachers in my building so that they all would have a common understanding of the beginning writing process.” –Carla Chavez, reading specialist, Prairie Park Elementary, Lawrence, Kansas
“Ruth is an accomplished educator and scholar and it shows. The book’s strength is the number and quality of student writing samples and detailed commentary on them.” –Kathryn Egawa, National Council of Teachers of English Associate Executive Director, 1999-2005
Ruth Shagoury teaches new and veteran teachers at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and books, including Starting with Comprehension (Stenhouse Publishers). A regular contributor to www.ChoiceLiteracy.com, she cannot imagine anything more fascinating than studying and celebrating children and adolescents as they grow as writers and readers.
Book News Annotation:
Recent research has demonstrated the ability of young children in literate cultures to apply their oral language-learning skills to the written word. Drawing on a developmental perspective articulated by Jerome Harste (1984) and Anne Haas Dyson (2003), Shagoury (Lewis & Clark College) outlines a framework for viewing children's oral and written language along a developmental continuum. Writing in an accessible style, she describes strategies for understanding and nurturing children's written language at each stage of development along this continuum, from scribbling through sound-symbol relationships and beginning narrative, and gives numerous b&w examples of children's work at each stage. A book club study guide includes an interview with the author and discussion questions. Annotated lists of books for teachers and students are also included. The book is intended to give early childhood specialists background for building an effective learning program in today's multicultural classrooms. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Key Benefit: 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. Key Topic: Develop students' connections between oral and writing skills at every stage of their development. Market: Written for primary teachers, early childhood specialists, and caregivers.
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. Ruth's thorough exploration of how young children learn written language presents teachers 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.
Help your students make the transition from oral to written language!
About the Author
Ruth Shagoury can’t imagine anything more fascinating than exploring the minds of children and adolescents as they grow as writers, readers, and language users. Though she teaches new and veteran teachers at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR, her passion for working with children keeps her connected to classrooms. She has written numerous books and articles, including most recently Starting with Comprehension co-authored with Andie Cunningham (Stenhouse.) Ruth is a regular contributor to www.choiceliteracy.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Paying Attention to Miracles 1
Chapter 2 Those Aren’t Just Scribbles: Analyzing Early Writing Attempts 15
Chapter 3 Drawing and Writing Go Hand in Hand 27
Chapter 4 Understanding Young Spellers 43
Chapter 5 Conventions and Beyond 59
Chapter 6 Language to
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