Children Literature, Sciences and Textual Creation: Relations between etiologic tales and scientific concepts in writing processes

Children Literature, Sciences and Textual Creation: Relations between etiologic tales and scientific concepts in writing processes

First Author: Dr. Eduardo Calil -- Federal University of Alagoas
Additional authors/chairs: 
Cristina Felipeto
Keywords: Literacy, Textbook, Writing development, Collaborative Writing, Creativity
Abstract / Summary: 

Based on the Textual Genetics studies field, this work has the goal of analyzing how recently alphabetized writers invent etiologic tales’ titles. We have monitored in an Elementary School of socio-constructivist curricular basis, the development of a didactic project on etiologic tales, with 7-year-old students. During 3 months, the teacher has read 30 etiologic tales of Brazilian literature. There were proposed 5 text-production tasks, in which the students, in dyads, “arranged”, “invented” and “wrote” etiologic tales. Respecting the ecologic conditions of the classroom, we have registered, in video, the 5 writing processes of a same dyad. This material allowed our access to this dyad’s writing process in act. When the students spoke on the moment of the story’s “arrangement” (when the students talked and arranged what would be the story, before receiving the sheet of paper and the pen) and, the moment of “inscription” (when one of the students received the sheet of paper to write the text and the other one started to dictate the story). Considering the longitudinal, qualitative and dialogical aspect, in this work we will discuss the comments made by the students on the titles to be invented and written to each story. In these comments we have identified two important aspects regarding this textual genre’s creative process: a) the presence of elements offered by other literary genres; b) the constant interference of lexical and scientific concepts derived from the Sciences teaching, mainly of the textbook used in class. The identification of these literate universes in the construction of these titles suggest that the creative writing of these students depend not only on the literary texts read, but also on the scientific texts known. This inter-relation between the literary and the scientific knowledge seems to have been established due to the “explanatory” character of the textual literary genre “etiologic tales”.