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-Douglas Johnson, Assistant Superintendent
Kane County Regional Office of Education, IL
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-Dorothy Giroux, Program Director, Initial Teacher Preparation Program
School of Education, Loyola University Chicago
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Chapter 6: Research Writing
Clear thinking becomes clear writing; one can't exist without the other.
From the time children can talk, they are curious enough to search for answers to their questions. They want to know where their teddy bear is, why they have to eat vegetables, and whether or not they can go to the park. When they do not get satisfactory answers to their questions, they will search for another answer by asking, But why?
As children's horizons broaden and they go off to school, their need to know answers increases. Elementary school teachers provide the basic tools to ...