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Teaching Beginning Reading and Writing with the Picture Word Inductive Model


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In this practical guide to teaching beginning language leaners of all ages, Calhoun encourages us to begin—with their developed listening and speaking vocabularies and other accumulated knowledge about the world. Engage students in shaking words out of a picture—words from their speaking vocabularies—to begin the process of building their reading and writing skills. Use the picture word inductive model (PWIM) to teach several skills simultaneously, beginning with the mechanics of forming letters to hearing and identifying the phonetic components of language, to classifying words and sentences, through forming paragraphs and stories based on observation.

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Glimpsing the Model in Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

Describing the Picture Word Inductive Model

Using the Model in a Language Arts Unit

Designing Multidimensional Reading and Writing Instruction

Getting Started in Your Classroom or School

About the authors

Emily F. Calhoun directs The Phoenix Alliance, based in St. Simons Island, Georgia. A specialist in language arts and action research, she divides her time between extensive school renewal programs and research on teaching and action research.

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