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Language Stories and Literacy Lessons / Edition 1

Language Stories and Literacy Lessons / Edition 1

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The authors reveal children as growing, effective, sensitive users of language. Before any formal schooling, they have already had much experience with language - opportunities to compare, contrast, and use it in a wide variety of settings. Children are adaptive, and are aware of the contextual subtleties of language; the written and spoken evidence of children's encounters with language is the basis of the research. This evidence tells stories - language stories, from which lessons about the nature of literacy may be drawn.

While this is not a methods text in a traditional sense, it is essential reading for those wishing to update their understanding of what is known about written language and written language learning. (Teachers and graduate students in reading, writing, and language arts may wish to use this book in conjunction with The Authoring Cycle videotape series.)

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ISBN-13: 9780435082116
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 08/21/1984
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 265
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Burke has the rare ability to take what is currently known and apply it to classroom instruction. A former first-grade teacher, Burke currently is Professor of Language Education at Indiana University and spends the bulk of her time teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in reading and writing education. She is well known for her work in miscue analysis and reading.

Jerome C. Harste is a well known author of children's books, such as It Didn't Frighten Me and My Icky Picky Sister (Willowisp Press). Harstes's research has focused on what young children know prior to coming to school. Together with Carolyn Burke and Virginia Woodward, their book Language Stories & Literacy Lessons (Heinemann) received the David H. Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English by the National Council of Teachers of English in 1987.

Table of Contents

Examining Instructional Assumptions

Rethinking Development

Lessons from Latrice

Race, Sex, Socio-Economic Status & Language

Examining Literacy Assumptions

An Overview: Searching for Recurring Patterns in Literacy





Social Action




A Summary: Synthesizing New Patterns in Literacy

Conceptual Implications

Methodological Implications.

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