I can write like that! : using childrens literature to teach writing : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
This project is an investigation of integrating reading and writing instruction.. First, a philosophical and theoretical background for this method is established. It begins with the inherent connections between reading and writing, and continues to examine the benefits that utilizing this relationship can bring. A new model for literacy, called the "Readers Become Writers Cycle" is explained and supported with research. Next, is a description and explanation of the 6+1 Writing Traits Program developed by the NWREL. This program serves as the basic curriculum for the following section, a collection of lesson plans designed to teach each of the traits. Each lesson utilizes quality children's literature to model, inspire, and support students to achieve success and appreciation of writing. Then, the issue of accountability is addressed by connecting these lessons to the Indiana state standards. Finally, a reflective piece reveals general conclusions drawn from the research and field experience.