The Natural Stages of Growth in Writing

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Understanding a young writer’s stages of growth is vital. As I’ve said before, in my years of working with families, I’ve found that it is much more effective to look at how writers grow naturally than to focus on scope and sequence, grade level, ages, or the types of writing that ought to be done in some “established sequence.”

The different stages are thoroughly explained in The Writer’s Jungle, but check out the following podcasts concerning them, as well. Just click on the titles below to be linked to each page:

Jot It Down

Before kids can write their thoughts and ideas, someone else needs to do it for them.

Partnership Writing

Focuses on the most overlooked stage of development in the writing journey and accounts for the development of writer’s block and writing resistance in kids. If you successfully navigate the Partnership Writing phase, your kids will not be plagued with the “blank page, blank stare” syndrome. You’ll both know how to create writing and what role you each play in the process.

Faltering Ownership

Looks at how you can create the conditions for growth and joy in writing with your kids.

Girl WritingTransition to Ownership: Part One

How to make the somewhat treacherous journey from adorable, fact-centered child to rhetorical imagination (the awareness that the world is inhabited by unlimited numbers of perspectives).

Transition to Ownership: Part Two

Continues the discussion of your role in the “Big Juicy Conversations” you need to be having with your fledgling thinkers.

Eavesdropping on the Great Conversation

This podcast features discussion about the high school writing life, on into college. Don’t miss it! It will help to shape your philosophy of writing, not just your program for writing. Enjoy!

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6 Responses to “The Natural Stages of Growth in Writing”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I return to these podcasts over and over again, Julie. There is such great information provided in each of them. Thank you!

  2. Julie Bogart says:

    Thank you for saying so! Noah and I so enjoyed making them. We’ve got another one complete. I need to get it posted!

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