What Did I Write?
Beginning Writing behaviour
"Marie Clay's detailed investigation of the writing behaviours of 5 year old children, observed weekly during their first year at school, provides insights into writing development that are as fresh and relevant today as when this research was first conducted.
Rather than describing a single path of progress that all children follow, Clay's analysis identifies multiple strands, or principles, of discovery and learning which interact in varied and complex ways that are different for every child.
What did I write? encourages teachers to look more closely and think more carefully about what children are trying to do so that they can respond productively to children's efforts, and avoid interactions that are likely to be unhelpful and confusing.
This classic book is essential reading for anyone interested in young children's literacy learning. Above all it provides a strong argument for including creative writing as an essential and complementary element in any approach to reading instruction"