ERIC Number: ED050108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
An Elementary School Curriculum to Develop Better Writing Skills.
Hunt, Kellogg W.; O'Donnell, Roy
The primary purpose of this experiment was to see if instructional materials created for fourth graders could enhance their normal syntactic development, and if these materials would succeed better with black or with white students. For one school year a sentence-combining curriculum was demonstrated on 180 students who had been grouped experimentally; 155 students formed a control. All students were pretested on one piece of writing, tested mid-term on writing and rewriting, and post-tested on three pieces of writing. The test results were analyzed, and the curriculum materials were found to be significantly successful in helping the experimental group (1) make more sentence-embeddings than did the control group, (2) improve their free writing, and (3) improve at least one aspect of their reading skill. A comparison of possible effects of the curriculum on black and on white students revealed that only the black experimental classes showed significant superiority over a corresponding control group on the reading instrument or in the syntactic maturity exhibited in their free writing. (Appendices contain two rewriting instruments; Lessons 1-29 of the experimental curriculum; a list of references dealing with research in syntactical and reading skills; and tabulations of findings from the study.) (DD)
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Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.