Listening to Young Writers: Developing Writing Competency Through Conversation, Engagement, and Assessment

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Maupin House Publishing, Inc., 2005 - English language - 146 pages
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More children than ever before are entering school with minimal English skills or with a need for specialized instruction. In Listening to Young Writers, author Melissa Hare Landa presents an organized and comprehensive instructional approach to writing instruction that will move every young child to writing competency especially those in Title I and ELL programs."
 

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Contents

Creating a WriterFriendly Classroom
1
Writing Begins with Conversation
2
Conversations with Reluctant Talkers
3
Conversations with Safe Writers
5
Conversations with English Language Learners
6
Making Time for Conversation
8
Using the Classroom to Engage Young Writers
12
Childrens SelfPublished Books
14
Making Class Books in Kindergarten
79
Making Class Books in First and Second Grade
81
Creating Books with Independent First and Second Graders
87
WritingGoal Lessons
89
WritingGoal Lessons
91
How WritingGoal Lessons Support ELL Children
92
WritingGoal Lessons
94
Writing a Persuasive Letter
95

Assessing Writing Behavior and Writing Progress
17
Assessment with SchoolWide K2 Prompts
21
Components of SchoolBased Writing Assessment
22
The Writing Prompts
23
Sample Prompts
24
Assessment Criteria
25
Honoring the Emergent Writers Journey
26
Emergent Stages of Writing Scoring Rubric
29
Writing Samples of Emergent Writers
30
Importance of Emergent Rubrics
31
Progress to the Next Level
32
Expression of Language
33
Content A E I O
34
Conventions U Understanding Conventions
35
Determining the Score
36
Weekly Writing Samples as a Supplement to Formal Assessments
46
Setting and Teaching Individual Writing Goals
50
Determining Writing Goals for Each Child
51
Early Writing Goals MidYear First Grade through Second Grade
52
Writing Goals and ELL Children
53
Grouping Children
55
Sharing Writing Goals with Students
56
Writing Goals Presented in Childrens Words
57
Visual Reminders of Writing Goals for Emergent Readers
58
Instructional Strategies
66
Benefits of Class Meeting to Second Language Learners
69
Monitoring the Instructional Tone
70
Learn How to Ask Good Questions
71
Connecting Childrens Lives to Books
72
Making Class Books
76
Benefits of Nonfiction Class Books
77
Making Class Books in Head Start or PreK
78
Writing a Persuasive Letter
97
Lessons on E Expression of Language
98
Writing a Simile
99
Writing Synonyms
100
Describing a Character
101
Describing an Action
102
Using Adverbs to Describe Actions
103
Using Other Words for Said
104
Saying I like in Different Ways
105
Lessons on I Ideas
106
Adding Details
108
Using Symbols to Add Details
109
Creating a Web AFTER Writing a Rough Draft
111
Writing an Opening Sentence that Hooks the Reader
113
Writing a Powerful Ending Sentence
114
ColorCoding Sentences to Organize Information
115
Using Color Coding to Write From Left to Right
117
Using the Word Wall and Sound Spelling
118
Writing HighFrequency Words
120
Writing Dictated Sentences
122
Correcting Errors in the Class Plans
124
Using a Traditional Tale to Teach Possessive Nouns
125
Using a Traditional Tale to Teach Quotation Marks
127
Using a Traditional Tale to Teach the Past Tense of Some Irregular Verbs
128
Preparing a Childs Writing for Publishing
129
The Importance of Publishing
130
Conclusion
132
Annotated Bibliography For Extending Childrens Ideas
133
References
143
Index
144
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About the author (2005)

Melissa Hare Landa has been a primary-level writing specialist at a Title I school for four of the sixteen years she has taught young children. She has presented at schools and conferences in the United States and Mexico. She is currently working towards a doctorate in curriculum and instruction at the University of Maryland and also serves as a primary-level reading and writing teacher at Farmland Elementary School in Maryland.

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