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Writing Development Stages: 1st and 2nd Graders

In early elementary school, most children have gained an initial understanding of phonics, which is the correspondence between letter patterns (graphemes) and sounds (phonemes). As students write, some of the words may have the correct initial letter and a few other correct letters. The WriteReader learning tool is a perfect playground for emergent writers to…

Using WriteReader Templates with Limited Computer Access

By LeNaye Pearson, English Language Learners, Cheatham County School District, Ashland City, Tennessee, USA   Templates are a great way to have the students write, even when there is limited computer access. Some of my students have limited technology and cannot easily interact with WriteReader online. I use the templates that are available on WriteReader,…

Writing Development Stages: Kindergartners

As they begin kindergarten, most children are transitioning from the audio storytelling phase of preschool and are beginning to apply some early emergent writing skills. These students are eager to “write” and tell what they know, but often need support as well as help identifying topics to write about. One important way to increase young…

Writing Development Stages: Preschoolers

The best way to start the journey towards acquisition of the written language is by introducing young children to writing through creative and meaningful literacy activities.  One important way to increase young children’s understanding and motivation for producing written language is by making them proud authors based on their current developmental stage, then step by…

How Book Templates Can Support Students’ Creativity and Literacy Learning

You may think that templates and creativity are opposites, but for many students, support, scaffolding, and frameworks are an important step to kickstarting the creative process. That said, it’s always important to give students the space needed to unleash their creativity without losing focus on the matter. Sound complicated? It doesn’t have to be.  …

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