Interactive Writing: How Language And Literacy Come Together, K-2 by Andrea MccarrierInteractive Writing: How Language And Literacy Come Together, K-2 by Andrea Mccarrier

Interactive Writing: How Language And Literacy Come Together, K-2

byAndrea Mccarrier, Gay Su Pinnell, Fountas, Irene C.

Paperback | October 14, 1999

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Children want to make their mark–on paper, on any surface, in life. But the difficulties of transferring words to paper can be daunting enough to drown out even the most enthusiastic voice. Enter interactive writing, a new instructional approach in which teachers and children collaborate to produce a written text. Just as Fountas and Pinnell did in their best-selling Guided Reading, the authors offer powerful first teaching designed to accelerate and support children's critical understanding of the writing process.

Interactive Writing is specifically focused on the early phases of writing, and has special relevance to prekindergarten, kindergarten, grade 1 and 2 teachers. In a clear, step-by-step format, the authors show how teachers can use interactive writing to teach a range of foundational literacy skills by sharing the pen with young writers:

  • letter learning
  • phonological and orthographic awareness
  • learning the nature of words
  • building a writing vocabulary
  • learning concepts about print
  • organizing and composing narrative and expository text.
  • Important features include a rich array of examples of children's writing, down-to-earth practical advice, suggestions for using children's literature and art in the writing program, numerous photos of children's work, and suggestions for professional development. Additionally, there are thorough descriptions of how interactive writing can be used as a tool for inquiry across the curriculum–in content areas as well as in literature. With this kind of broad application, children can grow to see writing as a lifelong tool for learning–and see themselves as writers, right from the start.

    The book is filled with practical information on how to get started with interactive writing, with explicit details from specific materials to fine teaching points.

Title:Interactive Writing: How Language And Literacy Come Together, K-2Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.7 inPublished:October 14, 1999Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0325002096

ISBN - 13:9780325002095

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A valuable addition to your professional resources This book clearly outlines the purpose of interactive writing and provides step by step guidelines for introducing interactive writing in Kindergarten and grade 1. Numerous work samples throughout the text provide a good framework of what you might expect to see from your students. It is a professional resource that I have full of sticky note tags and refer back to again and again.
Date published: 2006-02-18

Table of Contents

I. Learning to Write in a Quality Early Literacy Program
1. What Is Interactive Writing?
2. Interactive Writing Within Language and Literacy Learning
3. Organizing Space and Materials to Support Interactive Writing

II. Sharing the Pen with Young Writers
Essential Elements of Interactive Writing
5. Learning Writing: Composing a Text
6. Constructing a Text: Learning About Letters and the Printer's Code
7. Constructing a Text: Learning How Words Work

III. Young Writers Explore Texts Across the Curriculum
Learning About Literature Through Interactive Writing
9. Learning About Expository Text Through Interactive Writing
10. Using Expository Writing as a Tool for Inquiry

IV. Young Writers Engage in the Literacy Journey
Knowing Young Writers: The Foundation for Effective Teaching
12. Making Decisions for Effective Teaching
13. Adjusting Teaching and Texts to Move Writers Forward

V. The Foundations of Effective Writing Practice
Why Interactive Writing Helps Children Learn
15. Getting Started with Interactive Writing

Specifications for Easel

B. Bibliographies: Folk Tales; Informational Books: Sample Themes; Concept Books; Books Illustrating Literary Patterns; Poetry

C. Self-Assessment of Interactive Writing

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