Educators want young people to grow up knowing that writing is an important and deeply satisfying life skill, one that helps them make more sense of themselves and their world, and one that helps them to communicate effectively. Sadly, too often writing becomes merely an exercise in ‘getting words right’, or writing to teacher-prescribed tasks.
Developing Young Writers in the Classroom explores the principles of developing literacy through authorship, allowing children to describe, question and celebrate their own experiences and personal creativity. The book offers detailed guidance, supported by planning documents, poetry and prose, examples of children’s work and stimulating visuals.
Inspiring topics explored include:
creating a classroom environment which supports an independent writer
students’ lives brought into the classroom
finding significance in our experiences
the use of memoir for recording experiences
description in all kinds of writing
choosing and writing about a character
writing in all curriculum areas
linking reading and writing
using other authors as mentors and teachers
Illustrated throughout with accessible activities and ideas from literature and poetry, Developing Young Writers in the Classroom is an essential resource for all teachers wishing to inspire writing in the classroom.