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Teaching Writing to Children in Indigenous Languages
Instructional Practices from Global Contexts

ISBN 9781138485358
Published February 11, 2019 by Routledge
296 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume brings together studies of instructional writing practices and the products of those practices from diverse Indigenous languages and cultures. By analyzing a rich diversity of contexts—Finland, Ghana, Hawaii, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, and more—through biliteracy, complexity, and genre theories, this book explores and demonstrates critical components of writing pedagogy and development. Because the volume focuses on Indigenous languages, it questions center-margin perspectives on schooling and national language ideologies, which often limit the number of Indigenous languages taught, the domains of study, and the age groups included.

Table of Contents

1 Teaching Writing to Children in Indigenous Languages: Introduction

Ari Sherris & Joy Kreeft Peyton


2 Early and Emergent Literacy Practices as a Foundation for Hawaiian Language Medium Education

Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla

William "Pila" H. Wilson


3 Early Writing in Torwali in Pakistan

Zubair Torwali


4 Early Childhood Safaliba Literacy in Ghana

Ari Sherris


5 Emergent Writing in Notsi in Papua New Guinea

Gertrude Nicholas


6 Emergent Writing in Numanggang in Papua New Guinea

Samuel Saleng

Gertrude Nicholas


7 Teaching Task-based Writing in Zapotec in Oaxaca, Mexico

Katherine J. Riestenberg

Raquel Eufemia Cruz Manzano


8 Cherokee Writing in an Elementary Immersion School

Lizette Peter

Tracy Hirata-Edds

Ryan Wahde Mackey


9 Writing Instruction in Xitsonga in South Africa

Tinswalo V. Manyike

Nkidi Phatudi


10 Early Writing in Nungon in Papua New Guinea

Hannah S. Sarvasy

Eni Ögate


11 Mother Tongue Instruction and Biliteracy Development in P’urhepecha in Central Mexico

Kate Bellamy

Cynthia Groff


12 Ngäbere: An Orthography of Language Revitalization in Western Panama

Ginés Alberto Sánchez Arias

Manolo Miranda (Tido Bangama)

Mary Jill Brody


13 The Global in the Local: Young Multilingual Language Learners Write in North Sámi (Finland, Norway, Sweden)

Kirk P. H. Sullivan

Kristina Belancic

Eva Lindgren

Hanna Outakoski

Mikael Vinka


14 Re-centering Pedagogy on Oral Traditions: Examples from Southwest Indigenous Languages

Christine P. Sims


15 What Matters for Indigenous Language Writing

Kendall A. King

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Ari Sherris is an Associate Professor of Bilingual Education at Texas A&M University, Kingsville, USA.

Joy Kreeft Peyton is a former Vice President and currently Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC, USA.