Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 155–165

Encouraging Primary Students’ Writing through Children’s Literature

Article

Abstract

Children benefit in many ways from actively engaging in high quality children's literature, and picture books provide a natural avenue to motivate and encourage students' writing. Shared book experiences in small or large group settings can lead to meaningful writing discussions and applications. Picture books serve as exemplars of the six qualities of effective writing (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions) and provide a scaffold for students to incorporate these writing attributes in their original compositions. When primary students' writing is inspired by high-quality picture books and shared with peers, children benefit academically and socially.

Keywords

children's literature ideas organization sentence fluency six traits voice word choice writing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Professional Studies in EducationIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA

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