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First published in 1987, this book describes a strategy for teaching writing and
literacy developed by Katie Johnson and based on the work of Sylvia
Ashton-Warner, a New Zealand teacher of Maori children in the 1940s and 1950s.
choosing their own important word every day, children who "do words" learn that
their ideas are powerful, and develop ways of expressing them in standard English
spelling and grammar.Book, 266 pages.