SchoolNews Australia by Shannon Meyerkort

Although the CWOTY is ultimately a single word intending to represent all children, there are some differences in the language used by younger and older children.

“As you would expect, young writers tend to deal more in concrete terms with the world around them, with a higher usage of concrete nouns and single-syllable words, while more abstract words and ideas become more common as students get older,’ says Angela. “We try to find a single word of the year that captures some important themes in student writing across the years, and that appears in student writing across this full age range, and in the process, we also have the chance to examine this fascinating cross-sectional data, which shows us how students’ writing changes as they progress through their primary school years.”

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