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Creativity and Writing

Developing Voice and Verve in the Classroom, 1st Edition

By Teresa Grainger, Kathy Goouch, Andrew Lambirth


244 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Authors

Teresa Grainger is immediate part-president of the United Kingdom Reading Association, editor of Reading Literacy and Language journal and a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University College. Kathy Goouch is a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University College. Andrew Lambirth is a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University College as well.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Language Experience Approach
EDUCATION / Reference