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  1. Introduction
  2. The progression series of drawing scribbles to the formation of letters and words
  3. Advantages of drawing when incorporated into a writing activity
  4. The views of Sidelnick and Svoboda
  5. The use of illustrations for teachers
  6. Conclusion
  7. Works cited

Every child has a unique ability to express themselves from the early age of scribbling to the sophisticated work of a college graduate. In most cases, it is our natural instinct to draw; therefore children need to implement drawing into their coursework to be successful in their writing. There is a large time of growth and development throughout those years, and there is a process in which we go from the scribbles to the one hundred page thesis paper. But, how do we get to that stage? How do we improve and turn what we feel is non-sense into written words on a page? ?Writing is a difficult and demanding task that many children find difficult to master. This observation is supported by data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (Persky, Daane, & Jin, 2003). Three out of every four 4th-, 8th-, and 12th-grade students achieve only partial mastery of the writing skills and knowledge they need at their respective grade levels? (Lienemann, Graham, Leader-Janssen, and Reid). Because of disparity of writers, we need to find ways to help the ever evolving process to writing. Drawing can be used as a launching pad for the improvement of children's writing to enhance communication, organization, inspiration for ideas, and the aid of special needs students.

[...] There may come a point where drawing is no long necessary as a pre-writing activity; however, as children begin the early writing stages, drawing can be used to encourage confidence and skills. Writing and drawing are common tools of expressing our ideas, emotions, and desires. Pairing them together seems to be the most effective way in helping students to achieve their best writing. WORKS CITED Caldwell, Helen, and Blaine H. Moore. Art of Writing: Drawing as Preparation forNarrative Writing in the Primary Grades. [...]


[...] In fact, when asked to write a letter or write to help them remember something later, many children used drawing or a mix of both writing and drawing to convey the message.? (Steffanie and Selvester). This progression series of drawing scribbles to the formation of letters and words is a complex one. The abilities to write and to read depend upon core skills including the ability to pay attention, extract information, communicate ideas and emotions clearly, and to use both words and images (Sheridan). [...]


[...] A few of her fifth grade students were also asked if they liked to draw before writing. Instantly, one girl shook her head while explaining: ?Everything I want to write is in my head.? She continued to explain that while she was writing her story developed; drawing slowed down her process too much. But while this student thought drawing slowed her thought process too much, Mrs. Southworth later stated that sometimes the kids needed to slow down their thought process in order to make the story more intelligible. [...]

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