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Children’s Language: Connecting Reading, Writing, and Talk


reviewed by Pamela Maslin Sullivan - August 08, 2008

coverTitle: Children’s Language: Connecting Reading, Writing, and Talk
Author(s): Judith Wells Lindfors
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748854, Pages: 123, Year: 2008
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Children’s Language: Connecting Reading, Writing, and Talk asks “How is the child’s acquisition of written language (reading and writing) continuous with her (earlier) acquisition of oral language (speaking and listening)?” (p. xi). The author draws upon her experiences as a volunteer at Safe Place, a shelter from domestic violence, and the children for whom it is a temporary residence and school, to provide an answer. The focus is on students in Kindergarten and 1st grade, and much of the interactions occur in the Book Place, a reading room in the shelter. The students vary quite a bit in the amount of formal schooling they have had, but are all at an emergent or beginning level in terms of literacy. The vignettes of their interactions with reading and writing illustrate the principles espoused by the author. The body of the text outlines the “5 Continuities” the author deems critical to linking oral... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: August 08, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15335, Date Accessed: 3/28/2020 6:01:39 AM

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  • Pamela Sullivan
    James Madison University
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    PAMELA MASLIN SULLIVAN is an assistant professor in the Early, Elementary, and Reading department at James Madison University. She teaches literacy courses to undergraduate and masters level students. Her research interests include core reading programs and literacy professional development for teachers. She is currently working on a book about making core reading programs work in the classroom.
 
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