Basic Tools for Beginning Writers: How to Teach All the Skills Beginning Writers Need--from Alphabet Recognition and Spelling to Strategies for Self-editing and Building Coherent Text

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Pembroke Publishers Limited, 2008 - Education - 136 pages
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This practical book offers effective and creative activities that help young students master the skills they need to grow as writers. Among the topics discussed, the book thoroughly explores the important beginning steps, such as:

  • putting pencil to paper;
  • identifying and printing letters of the alphabet;
  • exploring sound-symbol matches.

Basic Tools for Beginning Writers recognizes that story and image are good ways to introduce students to concepts. The making of a simple word such as "go" is told as a story, the combining of onsets with rhymes seen as a slide, and the learning of the alphabet is shown as a rap or jive. Game formats designed to stimulate learning incorporate all aspects of language--talk, phonemes, words, and sentences. Throughout the book, teachers will find "Making It Simpler" and "Increasing the Challenge" sections to help adapt activities to the needs of both struggling and more accomplished students.

Teachers will find many opportunities to incorporate essential skills in everyday routines that range from the four stages of the Morning Message to techniques for promoting printing, writing and reading in learning centers.


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Putting Pencil to Paper
Identifying and Making Letters of the Alphabet
Incorporating Basic Tools into Routines and Play
Phonemic Awareness and SoundSymbol Matches

Common terms and phrases

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