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The author reasserts the importance of children's relationships and communications with people who care about them, spend time with them, and share in the excitement of their developing languages and their investigations of literacy.

Spelling, Handwriting and Punctuation
Spelling, handwriting and punctuation

This chapter examines the teaching and learning of the transcription skills of spelling, handwriting and punctuation. Spelling, handwriting and punctuation do have a place in writing development. They enable clearer and more effective communication to take place between the writer and the recipient of the message and their efficient use gives the writer greater freedom to concentrate on content. But in spite of their value, they should not become the prime concern of the teacher or the child; they should not take on a significance that is out of proportion for the beginning writer who needs to explore the purposes of writing and to learn about content, structure, coherence, clarity, choice of language, style and audience, not just ...

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