Discuss Goodman's concepts of writing develpoment.

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Goodman contends that children are compelled to communicate and thus to learning language. In contemporary society, children are exposed to language as written communication early in life. Their early attempts at duplicating the language communication of writing looks like scribbles, but studies show a distinct difference between drawing and writing "scribbles."

Goodman asserts that from these early scribbles onward, the early marks children make are intended to convey meaning. With developmental maturity, children use early writing as a means of ordering their environments in an endeavor to make sense of their experience through the production of cohesive text, indicated by the fact that they expect readers to recognize meaning in their marks.

Goodman orders writing progress through predictable stages. After early scribbles comes mock letters followed by the reproduction of the actual alphabet. This is followed by the association of phonemes with letters, then the ability to string phoneme representative letters together for words and, later, sentences. In these stages, children often experiment with their own spelling then, in present society with its standardization of spelling and grammar, most often accept the standard spelling and syntax forms. The final stage is to recognize that writing for different purposes can be organized differently and can address different audiences.