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by Leigh Hall
Developmentally Appropriate Writing for Kindergarten
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Dear Literacy Teacher,
I am doing research on developmentally appropriate writing for kindergarten and I am looking for current resources. I am using the KidWrite program of open journal writing and would like to find information to support its use. Any suggestions would be welcome! Thanks, Mary Ellen McCloy
A recent search of the ERIC database turned up no articles, research or otherwise, on the use of the KidWrite program. This suggests that there has been no research on the program itself though the program may have been designed around research generated by others on the topic of journaling and writing in kindergarten.
I am not entirely sure what kind of resources you are looking for. If you are interested in learning more about research and what it says about journal writing for kindergartners, then you should check out the ERIC website at: http://www.askeric.org You will most likely to have to access a university library to obtain the articles ERIC turns up for you, but it should be helpful in this type of search.
There are some websites you can access to get lesson plan ideas. These include:
- KYVL for Teachers: http://www.kyvl.org/html/teachers/writing.shtml
- Gigglepotz: http://www.gigglepotz.com
- A to Z Teacher Stuff: http://www.atozteacherstuff.com
These web sites are just a small sample of what you can find. I received many returns by searching under the heading, "journal writing; kindergarten; lesson plans".
Possible book resources for you might include:
Interactive Writing: How Language & Literacy Come Together, K-2
by Andrea McCarrier, Gay Su Pinnell, Irene C. Fountas
Making Words : Multilevel, Hands-On Developmentally Appropriate Spelling and Phonics Activities
by Patricia M. Cunningham, Dorothy P. Hall, Tom Heggie (Illustrator)
Writing Down the Days: 365 Creative Journaling Ideas for Young People (Revised and Updated)
by Lorraine M., M.A. Dahlstrom
I am not sure I have completely answered your question. If this is the case, please write me back and let me know how I might help you further.
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