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Promoting Motivated Writers

By | March 2013
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Promoting Motivated Writers
In a classroom environment, teachers modify their lessons to meet their students’ individual needs. In order to create motivated learners, the teacher must know and identify the student’s ability level and interests. The student’s grade, ability level, and age will determine the curriculum they receive. As students transition through grades, there are state standards that must be met and they vary from state to state. Teachers must provide developmentally appropriate learning materials and opportunities to students during different stages to increase their writing ability. The lessons that educators teach have targeted areas that include phonics, fluency, and comprehension to improve their writing skills. It has been said that the most important skills in one’s education is reading. If the child develops the ability to read at a young age the better, “Because reading is a foundation for a wide variety of school subjects, poor reading adversely affects a child’s general school performance and frequently his or her feeling about school”(sde.CT.gov). With the appropriate instruction, kindergarteners begin to learn how to write and dictate words and letters. In this particular grade, children work on interaction with others as well as work with words, letters, and sentences. According to the Hubbard’s Cupboard, the basis of Language Arts for kindergarteners goals include identifying uppercase and lowercase letters, distinguishing letters from words, and being able to identify front, back, title, and author of a book (Curriculum Goals). The kindergarten’s classroom environment should be enriched with literature to help promote eager learners. Nellie Edge who is a kindergarten teacher and literacy coach explains that, “Engagement with delightful and informative literature provides the foundation for building strong writers and readers. Research consistently supports positive literacy gains from access to extensive libraries”(Edge). In a...

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