This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Engaging and Motivating Children to Write

Engaging and Motivating Children to Write

Engaging and motivating children to write

As teachers of language skills regret, pupils in the upper grades of primary and middle school often do not enjoy writing. There may be several reasons for this low level of motivation, but two seem to be particularly relevant. Firstly, whereas in preschool and the early grades of primary school, children use writing as a way of expressing their feelings and experiences, in the upper grades of primary school, writing is often based on stereotyped text genres and, consequently, is perceived by students as being a limited-purpose and routine activity. Secondly, since writing tasks become more demanding and are more rigorously assessed by teachers in the upper grades, the children feel vulnerable when asked ...

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