• We all have the right to write. Anything we can say, we can write.
  • We all can write well if we are emotionally involved in our topic and our purpose. We find our voices there. Writing is learning and discovering. It develops best in real-life situations, with the instructor intervening in the writing process.
  • We learn to read by having written. We learn from our experiences, including experiences with oral and written texts. We should expose ourselves to many texts, and often do free-choice reading.
  • We learn best in collaborative, diverse, and supportive communities. We all learn in our own ways, and our home cultures affect how we interpret our experiences.
  • Moving through the writing process can produce powerful writing. We gain more ownership over our writing if we master the writing process.
  • Writing is a strong tool for developing critical thinking. Challenging our thinking as we write in collaborative settings, develops academic language proficiency.
  • We teach equitably:  not less, but more to the poor. We recognize our children's home communities and ancestral cultures as our educational partners.
Fostering Young Writers in Sierra Leone
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Fostering Young Writers in Sierra Leone, edited by Jacqueline Leigh, is a collection of personal experiences of students in process-writing Young Writers clubs in six schools in Freetown. After carrying out the writing process repeatedly on their chosen topics these students have come to see themselves, collectively, as authors. Readers gain insight into the society in which these children are growing up. A foreword by the editor provides detail about the clubs, and the postscript explains where these writers might go from here, drawing on insights from James Moffett's work at the National Writing Project. All profits from the sale of this book support the writing programs of the Sentinel English Language Institute.

The book is available online at https://www.createspace.com/3458058.  We would like your review, comments, or feedback!

Would you like to do more to contribute to SELI's work in Sierra Leone? A complimentary copy of Fostering Young Writers in Sierra Leone will be sent in appreciation and recognition of donations of $50 or more to the Sentinel English Language Institute. Let us know if you would like to make a donation.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 January 2011 21:41
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