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Chapter 3: Teaching Writing Right
Teaching Writing Right
What Really Work\s in Writing in the Elementary Classroom
Don’t Underestimate Short People
Donald Graves (1983) opens his groundbreaking book Writing: Teachers and Children at Work with the following claim:
Children want to write. They want to write the first day they attend school. This is no accident. Before they went to school they marked up walls, pavements, newspaper with crayons, chalk, pens, or pencils . . . anything that makes a mark. The child’s marks say, “I am.” (p. 3)
Watching children and carefully recording their growth as writers, Graves and his research team learned that children as young as 6, when given time and opportunity, could do a great deal more as writers than adults had ...