Childrens Writing - Theorists

Some notes made from AQA CGP book

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  • Learning to Write
    • Barclay(1996)    7 stages of writing development
      • STAGE 1 - SCRIBBLING Learning how to hold the pencil and move it around the page
      • 2 - MOCK WRITING Children begin drawing shapes. Form psuedo-letters (letter like forms)
      • 3 - MOCK LETTERS They produce random letters.
      • 4 - NORMAL LETTERS Children match sounds with symbols
      • 5 - INVENTED SPELLING Most words are spelt phonetically, some simple words correctly
      • 6 - SUITABLE SPELLING Sentences are complex and writing is legible
      • 7 - CORRECT SPELLING Most words are spelt correctly, older children use cursive handwriting
    • Kroll (1981)     4 stages of writing development
      • Preparatory Stage
        • Children develop motor skills
        • Learn basics of spelling
        • From 18 months
      • Consolidation Stage
        • 6-8 years old
        • Write the way they speak
        • Use of colloquialism
        • Short, declarative sentences
        • Still grasping punctuation
      • Differentiation Stage
        • Age 8+
        • Aware of difference between spoken and written language
        • Understand there are different genres
        • Structure to their work
        • Complex grammar and structure
        • Punctuation more consistent
      • Integration Stage
        • Mid teens +
        • More accurate spelling, wider vocab
        • Narrative (characters, structure, plot etc.)
        • Personal writing style develops

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