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Young Researchers : Informational Reading and Writing in the Early and Primary Years - Margaret Mallett

Young Researchers

Informational Reading and Writing in the Early and Primary Years

Paperback Published: 22nd July 1999
ISBN: 9780415179515
Number Of Pages: 224

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Informational kinds of reading are crucial in every lesson. This book looks at how we can encourage children from the very beginning to think of themselves as young researchers using skills and strategies for clear purposes. It argues that the creative practitioner nurtures children's sense of wonder and curiosity about the world and all its phenomena.
Packed full of advice on how to use the most stimulating and exciting texts and the liveliest approaches, the book celebrates the good practice of teachers and student teachers in a large number of classroom case studies.
The content includes:
* a summary of the recent developments and a framework of principles to inform good practice in this challenging aspect of literacy
* chapters concentrating on particular age groups - beginning with the nursery and ending with the later primary years - and thus taking up an essentially developmental approach
* an assessment of recent research and how findings can be put to practical and creative use in the classroom.
A central message is that children benefit from collaborating with teachers and peers at every stage of finding out. The spoken language energises informational reading and writing, making the sharing of the fruits of children's research highly enjoyable. This book will inspire you and lead to the very best practice.

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""Using a well-organized approach, Mallett examines the various types of texts, including illustrations, that children encounter. The educational recommendations are sound. Appropriately, the author continuously balances principles of children's development with the demands of external testing and a national curriculum, reminding the reader that children develop differently." --S. Sugarman, Bennington College for "Choice, September 2000."

List of illustrationsp. x
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Informational reading and writing: A developmental approachp. 1
Introduction: some recent historyp. 1
The texts: informational reading and writingp. 3
Criteria for judging non-fictionp. 4
Illustrationsp. 5
Kinds of reading and writingp. 9
Language as a social phenomenonp. 9
The children: a developmental approachp. 10
Teaching and learning strategiesp. 12
Helping children organise prior knowledgep. 13
Starting from the specificp. 13
Children's questionsp. 13
Modelling different kinds of non-fiction readingp. 14
Collaboration: creating a community of young researchersp. 15
Integrating reading and writing with other activitiesp. 15
Supporting children's organisation of their writingp. 15
Helping with the creation of illustrationsp. 17
Sharing all that has been learntp. 17
Assessing progressp. 17
Statutory requirementsp. 18
The National Curriculump. 18
The National Literacy Strategy and the literacy hourp. 18
Non-fiction in schools' policiesp. 19
Further readingp. 20
Children's books mentionedp. 20
Pre-school and nursery years (0-5): Entering the world of informationp. 22
Introductionp. 22
Non-fiction books and resources for the very youngp. 24
Very early books: alphabet, number and colourp. 24
Non-fiction picture booksp. 25
Early reference booksp. 28
Softwarep. 28
A word about illustrationsp. 29
Involving children with the books and resourcesp. 30
Information Communication Technologyp. 31
Early non-fiction writingp. 31
Journeysp. 34
Ourselvesp. 37
Conclusionp. 43
Issues to discuss and considerp. 44
Further readingp. 44
Children's books and resources mentionedp. 44
Softwarep. 46
Star books for the under-fivesp. 46
Informational reading and writing at key stage 1 (5-7): Enjoying and learning about finding outp. 47
Introductionp. 47
Range issues: materials that are 'individual, strong and alive'p. 49
Picture books and early information booksp. 50
Non-narrative textsp. 53
Reference materialsp. 54
Big booksp. 55
Non-fiction in reading schemesp. 56
Softwarep. 57
Illustrationsp. 59
Strategies to support children's reading and writing across the curriculump. 60
Involving children with the organisation of resourcesp. 60
Supporting reading for informationp. 61
Supporting children's non-fiction writingp. 64
Writing with a word processorp. 66
The National Curriculum at key stage 1 (5-7)p. 71
The literacy hour at key stage 1p. 72
Snailsp. 73
The impact of the word processor on early writingp. 76
Drama and writingp. 81
Conclusionp. 87
Issues to discuss and reflect onp. 87
Further readingp. 88
Children's books and resources mentionedp. 89
Reading schemesp. 90
Softwarep. 90
Star books: nourishing wonder and curiosityp. 91
Informational reading and writing at key stage 2 (7-9): Making progress in satisfying and pleasurable contextsp. 92
Introductionp. 92
Range issues: choosing texts to inform and to feed the imaginationp. 93
Chronological non-fictionp. 94
Non-narrative textsp. 95
Big booksp. 96
Reading schemes and programmesp. 97
Reference materialp. 98
Softwarep. 100
Letters, flyers, newspaper articles and advertisementsp. 101
Illustrations to invite young readers inp. 102
Strategies to help children make progressp. 103
Supporting children's non-fiction readingp. 104
Supporting children's non-fiction writingp. 106
The National Curriculum at key stage 2: non-fiction readingp. 113
Non-fiction in the literacy hour, Years 3 and 4p. 113
Making pizzap. 114
Animals in dangerp. 118
Conclusionp. 120
Issues to discuss and reflect onp. 120
Further readingp. 121
Children's books and resources mentionedp. 122
Softwarep. 124
Star books for the mid-primary yearsp. 124
Informational reading and writing at key stage 2 (9-11): Meeting new challenges creativelyp. 126
Introductionp. 126
Range issues: existing and new genresp. 127
Range of non-fiction genres in the National Curriculum and the literacy hourp. 128
Developing children's understanding of genres already encounteredp. 129
New genres for Years 5 and 6p. 136
Software and the Internetp. 140
Illustrations: a neglected element of non-fiction books and resourcesp. 141
Strategies to support reading and writing across the curriculump. 143
Non-fiction in the literacy hour: reading at text, sentence and word levelp. 143
Scaffolding readingp. 145
Supporting non-fiction writingp. 145
Learning from illustrationsp. 148
Journalistic kinds of writingp. 150
Learning to express a viewpointp. 151
Conclusionp. 153
Issues to discuss and reflect onp. 154
Further readingp. 155
Children's books and resources mentionedp. 155
Softwarep. 157
Star books for older juniorsp. 157
Young researchers with special literacy needsp. 158
Introductionp. 158
Range of resourcesp. 159
Choosing books and resources for struggling young readersp. 159
Choosing books and resources for gifted young readersp. 160
Strategies to helpp. 161
Scaffolding for struggling readers and writersp. 161
Encouraging gifted young readers and writersp. 162
Helping children learn English as a second languagep. 162
Girls, boys and non-fictionp. 163
Whalesp. 164
Using the computer -- petsp. 165
Fossils and dinosaursp. 166
Squirrel illnessesp. 167
Dolphinsp. 168
Plague doctorp. 169
Issues to discuss and reflect onp. 170
Further readingp. 171
Children's books and resources mentionedp. 171
ICT for children with special literacy needsp. 172
Recording progress: Assessment of children's informational reading and writingp. 174
Introductionp. 174
Formative assessmentp. 176
The role of observationp. 176
Recording progressp. 177
Children's reading diaries or journalsp. 178
Collecting examples of children's workp. 178
Responding to children's writingp. 179
Children's self-assessmentp. 180
Summative assessmentp. 180
Standard Assessment Tasks for reading and writingp. 180
The National Literacy Strategy and Assessmentp. 182
Issues to discuss and reflect onp. 182
Further readingp. 183
Postscriptp. 184
Appendixp. 185
Referencesp. 187
Name indexp. 192
Subject indexp. 194
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ISBN: 9780415179515
ISBN-10: 0415179513
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 22nd July 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1