Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Literacy can be defined as the ability to make use of all available possibilities of written language to create meaning (Smith, 1983). With this definition in mind, a teacher finds support in developing a learning environment in which children can encounter a whole array of opportunities to extend their reading and writing abilities. A nurturing environment allows children to bring their experiences to reading and writing in order to engage in predicting and risk taking which is what comprehension and composition of written materials is all about. Then they can acquire basic insights into written language: Print needs to be meaningful, and written language is different from speech (Smith, 1983). Children can develop language abilities to comprehend written material through a variety of experiences such as dramatization, storytelling, poetry, reciting/reading and reading fiction and nonfiction.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Jeanne McLain Harms
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©1989 Wendy Snitker
Snitker, Wendy, "Extending a sense of story through retelling experiences in a unit on historical fiction" (1989). Graduate Research Papers. 3344.