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PDG Reflection

PDG Reflection

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Published by: Nikki Meyer on Apr 02, 2011
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Nikki Meyer Emergent LiteracyProfessor McKoolTalking, Drawing, Writing: Lessons For Our Youngest WritersCome along with us as we observe children in classrooms, listen to their stories,study the work they put on paper and use what we learn to inform our teaching´ (Hornand Giacobbe 1). The book,
Talking, Drawing, Writing: Lessons For Our Youngest Writers
, by Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe is an informational book for aspiringor seasoned teachers to help shed some light on the benefits talking, drawing and writinghave on students academic progression. This book talks about everything ranging fromstorytelling to drawing and writing a book, he craft of drawing, assessment, introducingbooklets to students and how to forward students in their writing, talking and drawingcareers. Through this book, teachers can view real lesson plans and read about classroomsituations where an effective mini lesson, interactive read aloud or drawing and writingworkshop took place.The first chapter starts off by explaining and en example all teachers can relate to,the task of asking students to tell stories through words and pictures, it¶s important toremember for teachers to encourage students to write and draw based off of what theyknow. It is also crucial that teacher, look and listen to their students to that they developa better understanding of their student which in return will help the teacher help thestudent. I enjoyed the personal aspect of this book because it gave a lot of examples andscenarios in which teachers often find themselves and it gives educators ideas on how toadvance a lesson plan and get students excited about the lesson. For example, in chapter 
one, we find a kindergarten teacher, Ms. Danita, introducing a story to her students aboutplanting a garden of Chinese vegetables.Danita goes on to say that the author and illustrator, Grace Lin wrote aboutplanting Chinese vegetables because it¶s what she knows and that all good authors andillustrators write and draw what they know. Ms. Danita starts explaining a personalexperience of her own that was triggered by reading Grace Lin¶s story, ³Danita isteaching writing. She is teaching her kindergartners that we all have stories to tell, thatwe tell stories about what we know, and that the most engaging stories are often aboutordinary, everyday things´ (Horn and Giacobbe 8). Since everyone has stories to tell andchildren love to tell stories, any child can produce a successful story in their classroom.Telling stories also acknowledges talk and helps children orally learn about elements of craft before they even start writing on paper. Through telling stories, children learn thatwriters are specific in their information, order and organization is important, the audiencematters, talking helps students talk their way through a story, and composing involvesrevising. I believe that story telling and listening to other tell stories is an effective jumpstart for children when it comes to creating stories of their own because the students areable to gather ideas and learn new strategies about writing that they can apply to their own narratives.In each chapter after introducing the purpose of the chapter, the text includes thefull copy of a lesson plan performed by a teacher, which is extremely helpful for teachersbecause they can use that lesson plan as a guide for their own lessons and introductionsabout reading, writing, drawing and talking. In the second chapter, I appreciated that theauthors gave scripted text on how to introduce the drawing and writing book to the
students. It gave me some useful ideas on how to approach a similar lesson with mystudents, I believe that teachers should use a ³drawing and writing´ book because theformat is inviting, appropriate, organized and manageable, this will allow students toestablish routines, expectations, and procedures.In chapter three and four, the authors help teachers understand the craft of drawing and how they can approach a lesson to introduce their students to proper drawingtechniques to really bring their story to life. For instance, when children draw, they learnabout objects and as their understanding for the object increases, their drawing becomesmore accurate or detailed. Drawing helps students gain awareness about their thinkingand is important because it is the beginning stages to demonstrate that childrenunderstand meaning, and drawing is a way in which children develop language. Iespecially appreciate this component of the book because being an art major, I understandthe importance of drawing and the power and influence it has when it comes to teachingchildren how to write. Not only does drawing help illustrate a story, but children getexcited about their drawings and are eager to share them with their teachers, and whenthey describe their drawings to other, their strengthening their oral language ability.Chapters five and six discuss writing words and assessments. Students can learnwords just by labels in the classroom; teachers should label words around the classroomlike the clock, desks, bookshelves and much more so students can start to gain anawareness of objects and how to pronounce their name. It is also important for teachersto encourage students to put words to their pictures to describe what¶s going on in thepicture and not only encourage them to write u create a running record of their students tounderstand how they¶re advancing with writing. ³For example, ³The goal in looking at

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