Does Reading Impact Writing?

Posted by Big Universe on Jun 8, 2013 1:41:34 AM

medium_4499173174For years I told my students that reading would help them become better writers ...

I encouraged them to read all different genres to hopefully find a style/type they enjoyed to not only hook them into reading more but also to help them find a style of writing.

I remember challenging students to write like certain authors.

I remember smiling at the results.

But this week I saw and heard a connection between reading and writing ...

My daughter really enjoys mystery books ...

Her first grade teacher read aloud each day at school this year ...

My husband and I have been reading aloud to her at bedtime ...

Now she wants to read to us instead!

And many of the books have been mysteries.

One day this week, my daughter grabbed an empty notebook and said, "I am going to write my very own chapter book."

I smiled and thought that would give her something to do for a little while ...

It wasn't until I heard her sounding out the words and dramatically reading aloud what she had written that I realized what was happening ...

She was writing a mystery ...

She knew phrases to use as well as how to make the story sound based on the books she had read and heard ...

Here is an excerpt of what she has written:

Hi, my name is Katey and I'm a mystery girl. Last Thursday I found a tree house in the middle of nowhere and it had lots of books inside. Inside I found a medal that had the letter M on it and I know it belonged to someone, but who? I pointed to a picture and immediately went there. I saw a boy with red eyes and he walked over to me.

I know that is just a start but it makes this former reading and writing teacher very happy!

After she writes more, I could have her use the writing features on Big Universe Learning to create her own book!

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What are some ways you encourage your students to connect reading and writing?

How can you use Big Universe Learning to help with that?

 

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Topics: Personal Experiences, Writing, Literacy

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