This clear yet authoritative book affirms the vital role of creativity in writing and considers and encourages flexible, innovative practices in teaching. Importantly, the book reflects upon teachers' imaginative and artistic involvement in the writing process as role models, collaborators, artists, and as writers themselves.
Arguing that children's creative use of language is key to the development of language and literacy skills, this book focuses on the composition process and how children can express their own ideas. In addition, the authors consider the many forms of creative language that influence the inner and outer voice of children, including reading, investigating, talking and engaging in a range of inspiring activities.
Illustrated throughout with many examples of children's writing and drawing, this book also provides suggestions for classroom activities and is a source of inspiration and practical guidance for any teacher looking to deepen their understanding of literacy theory and practice.
Introduction: Looking Back to Travel Forward 1. The Potential of Creativity 2. The 'Voice Strewn Landscape' 3. Talking and Writing 4. Choice, Voice and Autonomy in Writing 5. Artistic Voices: Literature 6. Artistic Voices: Drama 7. Artistic Voices: Storytelling 8. Artistic Voices: Poetry 9. Teachers as Artists 10. Creative Teachers of Writing