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Beyond "Sounding it Out:" Supporting Young Writers

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Megan Conrad

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Jolyn Blank

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Writing with young children helps them acquire literacy skills they can use to make meaning and communicate their ideas. Previous research has shown that children develop as writers when teachers actively scaffold their writing and provide them with multiple strategies to write for meaning. In this teacher inquiry project, I explored ways to build my kindergarten students' writing independence. I asked the question: Will providing students with strategies other than "sound it out" improve their writing independence? Data sources included anecdotal records developed from classroom observations, video recordings of writing instruction and students' engagement in writing, and student writing samples. I expect to find that when children are explicitly taught multiple strategies ”beyond sounding it out”they will gain more confidence in themselves which will enable them to build their writing independence. Providing young children with scaffolded writing experiences and multiple writing strategies is critical to fostering their independence as writers, improving their writing in kindergarten and beyond.

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Beyond "Sounding it Out:" Supporting Young Writers

Writing with young children helps them acquire literacy skills they can use to make meaning and communicate their ideas. Previous research has shown that children develop as writers when teachers actively scaffold their writing and provide them with multiple strategies to write for meaning. In this teacher inquiry project, I explored ways to build my kindergarten students' writing independence. I asked the question: Will providing students with strategies other than "sound it out" improve their writing independence? Data sources included anecdotal records developed from classroom observations, video recordings of writing instruction and students' engagement in writing, and student writing samples. I expect to find that when children are explicitly taught multiple strategies ”beyond sounding it out”they will gain more confidence in themselves which will enable them to build their writing independence. Providing young children with scaffolded writing experiences and multiple writing strategies is critical to fostering their independence as writers, improving their writing in kindergarten and beyond.