Writing as a Second Language

December 14, 2005|
Writing as a Second Language by Donald Davis
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Winner of the Storytelling World Award "Stop talking! You're supposed to be working on language!" -overheard in an elementary classroom by award-winning writer and storyteller Donald Davis. From the moment they are born, we encourage children to talk. We enunciate for them, applaud their expanding vocabularies, and hang on their every word. That is, until they enter school. At that time, we expect them to stop talking and measure their language abilities through a new medium: writing. While the educational system focuses on the written product as the sole measurement of language development, many children fail to measure up to established standards. Why? Because, Davis observes, writing is not our first communications tool; for most of us it functions as a "foreign language." The problem is, individuals are not capable of "creating" or "thinking" within a foreign language. Davis argues that we must step back into our familiar "first" language-the spoken word-as our creative medium and learn to "translate" into that new foreign language called writing. With enough success, writing will eventually become a second language instead of a foreign language. When we talk about language arts in our school, we focus on reading and writing instead of nourishing the whole oral and kinesthetic package that is our spoken language. Davis argues that talking and writing should not be mutually exclusive in language development. In this book, he lays out the method he has used successfully in countless residencies at schools across the United States, working with adults, teens, children, and teachers to develop their personal writing style.
Donald Davis Bio: Donald Davis was raised in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. He didn't realize it at the time, but he grew up in a family of gifted storytellers who passed their talent along to Donald. His legendary Uncle Frank was a front-porch storyteller of the first order and the source of many of Donald's ...
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Title:Writing as a Second LanguageFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:140 pages, 7.4 X 5.18 X 0.4 inShipping dimensions:140 pages, 7.4 X 5.18 X 0.4 inPublished:December 14, 2005Publisher:August HouseLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0874835674

ISBN - 13:9780874835670

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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