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Different Texts, Different Emergent Writing Forms

by Liliana Barro Zecker

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Different Texts, Different Emergent Writing Forms

Grades K – 8
Type Journal
Published July 1999
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English



Examines young children's ability to vary the forms of emergent writing as they wrote a story, a shopping list, and a letter to a friend at three different times during the school year. Finds that children apply their emergent knowledge about written language differently. Indicates a considerable mismatch between written products and knowledge of genre characteristics.


Zecket, Liliana Barro. "Different Texts, Different Emergent Writing Forms." Language Arts 76.6 ( July 1999): 483 - 490


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