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Literacy and Your Deaf Child: What Every Parent Should Know

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Real Writing Experiences
  • Shopping lists
  • List of things to do

    - Clean up bedroom
    - Put toys in basement
    - Invite Grandma over for dinner
    - Make dental appointment
    - Take the dog for a walk

  • Instructions left for someone to do something

    - Jonn. Wash car.
    - Dad. Mom and I went to see Mrs. Milton. Back at 5:30. Barbeque hamburgers for dinner. Love Anna.
    - Alex. Please go to Claire’s house after supper.
    - Pippa. Remember to take water to soccer practice tonight.

  • Things to take on a trip
  • Things to do on a trip
  • Thank you notes, birthday cards, Christmas cards, etc.
  • A note to apologize for doing something wrong
  • Fill out a completed subscription form for a magazine
  • A letter to say why you should get a certain thing for your birthday

Contrived Writing Experiences

Note that some of these ideas for writing are quite good. However, they are all contrived and should not be the main source of writing experiences in the house unless they are part of a school assignment.

  • Write a make-believe story about an elf that moves in with the family.
  • Write about what you did at the zoo today.
  • Write about what you want to be when you grow up.
  • Describe your day at a friend’s house.
  • Describe what you like to do when you are feeling happy or sad.

The more your child engages in writing experiences that have meaningful goals and are not just being done for the sake of writing, the more likely it is that he will come to enjoy writing.

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