This timely revision is designed to help teachers
appreciate what children know about writing and how to encourage them to build
on their natural strengths to develop into confident readers and writers.
Organised to meet the needs of teachers, the revised
edition puts even more emphasis on the natural stages that children move
through in their journey to becoming writers. New and reworked lessons are
included, and new student samples support the playful activities that explore
the developmental continuum of skills that take children “from scribbles to
competency”. Tips on using the interactive whiteboard show easy was to
incorporate new technologies into the process.
What’s Next for This Beginning
with an inclusive definition of writing and suggests simple ways to introduce
students to the purpose of writing. It discusses the relationship of reading
and writing, and the importance of oral language in building strong writers.
Based on the work of real F–2 students, it shows teachers how to interpret
student work, identify what they know and build naturally on the writing
strengths their work displays.
A series of Writing Workshop lessons form the core of this
important book. At the heart of all the Writing Workshops is the question, “What’s
next for this beginning writer?” Using a student sample, teachers learn how
they might talk with students to celebrate their work, extend their learning
and set goals for their next piece of writing. This demonstration is followed
by a mini-lesson that builds on the writing sample and suggests group and
whole-class activities to use with students at a similar stage.
Children will thrive as writers if they experience success.
What’s Next for This Beginning Writer?
offers teachers the tools they need to nurture successful young writers.