Social Studies and the young learner

A Journey Through the History of Writing With Third Graders

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by: Jennie Schwab

The aim of this article is to capture young writers’ attention by taking a journey back in time to study the evolution of written communication. Lessons begin with the markings of prehistoric people and continue to modern day technology. Teachings provide a hands-on, impressionistic, experience including a writing sample from each time period.

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Co-authored with Steve Lapham: Four Examples from the History of Writing: Try It! (pullout section for teachers to copy – giving them a History of Writing lesson!