Ch 12: Teaching Foundational Writing Skills

About This Chapter

Are you ready to teach kids to write? Join us on an overview study of early childhood writing development and foundational skills to broaden your understanding of young learners in a writing classroom.

Teaching Foundational Writing Skills - Chapter Summary

In this comprehensive chapter, our expert early childhood educators will help you explore the main elements of writing instruction for early elementary students. They will introduce you to the patterns of writing development and the important reading/writing connection before taking you through a series of lessons presenting effective strategies to use to develop solid handwriting, typing, spelling, and grammar skills and habits. You will also discover the value of writing as a means for social engagement and collaboration. When you have completed the chapter, you will be prepared to create a classroom space and system for rich writing experiences for all your young learners.

By the end of this chapter, you should feel comfortable with your ability to do the following:

  • Explain the patterns of writing, punctuation, and grammar development in children
  • Connect reading and writing experiences in your classroom
  • Describe the stages of the writing process and spelling development
  • Model activities to scaffold writing and spelling development
  • Design a classroom space focused on writing development
  • Implement a strategy to take advantage of the social nature of writing
  • Describe the interaction of diversity with language arts development

Our professional instructors will use short video lessons to help you engage with the topics of study. The lessons' transcripts will help you review the information thoroughly, and you can even use the Timeline to revisit different points of the videos. Don't forget to use the lesson quizzes to check your understanding of the content.

10 Lessons in Chapter 12: Teaching Foundational Writing Skills
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Patterns of Writing Development for Children

1. Patterns of Writing Development for Children

How do children go from scribbling randomly on a page to writing words and sentences and paragraphs? In this lesson, we'll answer that question as we explore the seven major steps in writing development.

Connections Between Reading & Writing for Children

2. Connections Between Reading & Writing for Children

Reading and writing are intimately connected to each other. While this may seem intuitive to many adults, this isn't always clear to children. In this lesson, we'll look at what teachers can do in the classroom to help students with both.

The Writing Process: Stages & Activities

3. The Writing Process: Stages & Activities

Writers don't just sit down and write; they go through a process to perfect their writing. In this lesson, we'll look at the writing process and how teachers can use it in their classrooms, including specific activities for each stage.

Activities for Developing Writing Skills

4. Activities for Developing Writing Skills

How can educators teach children to be good writers? In this lesson, we'll look at some of the tools and materials designed to do that, including the writer's workshop, guided writing, writing notebooks, and word walls.

Stages of Spelling Development

5. Stages of Spelling Development

Children don't start out knowing how to spell words. Instead, spelling (like many other skills) develops over time and with practice. Watch this lesson to find out more about the stages of spelling development that children go through.

Patterns of Punctuation & Grammar Development

6. Patterns of Punctuation & Grammar Development

How do children learn correct grammar and punctuation? View this lesson to find out more about the stages of spoken and written grammar development, as well as how they tie in to the stages of punctuation development.

Developing Handwriting & Typing Skills

7. Developing Handwriting & Typing Skills

Learning both handwriting skills and typing skills offers benefits to children. In this lesson, we'll look at the benefits of each and common developmental patterns when children are learning to print, write cursive, and type.

The Social Nature of Writing for the Classroom: Voice, Audience, Response & Activities

8. The Social Nature of Writing for the Classroom: Voice, Audience, Response & Activities

In spite of the image of writers as lone wolves who write in isolation, writing is a social activity. In this lesson, we'll look at how to teach the social aspects of writing, including voice and audience, as well as some classroom activities for these social aspects.

Using Classroom Space for Writing Development

9. Using Classroom Space for Writing Development

How can the environment help students develop their writing? And how can teachers design a classroom that encourages writing development? View this lesson for ideas about how to use classroom space to encourage writing.

How Diversity Interacts with Reading & Writing Development

10. How Diversity Interacts with Reading & Writing Development

As teachers, enhancing the ability of all students to read and write is a major portion of our job. This lesson discusses the role of diversity in reading and writing, helping you understand the interaction between diversity and literacy development.

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