ERIC Number: ED331035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Expanding Third Graders' Vocabulary Using a Data Base, Individual Thesauri and Brainstorming Strategies.
A practicum was developed to expand written vocabulary for third graders through training in using a data base and brainstorming strategies. Individual thesauri were written and published to demonstrate the results of collecting vocabulary and applying it to specific topics. Daily process writing became an integral part of the curriculum. Class time became an on-going procedure consisting of reading, writing, editing, author's chair, and rewriting. Brainstorming and computer word bank collecting were developed and linked to all aspects of written expression. Mini lessons in publishing and the use of a thesaurus were demonstrated and published versions of individual thesauri were written and illustrated by all 27 members of the class. Results indicated that all five objectives were reached successfully with results surpassing predictions in some areas. Many unexpected gains with potential long term effects were noted and data from anecdotal journals indicated possibilities for school/district attention. Collected data indicated the following: (1) brainstorming techniques help children organize for writing and are easily taught; (2) children can use a data base for orderly collection of vocabulary; (3) children can write and publish their growing vocabulary studies in an interesting manner; (4) using process writing with the three previously mentioned techniques encouraged all students to expand confidence in their ability to write; and (5) writing became fun when it was supported in an orderly manner where children succeeded. (Five tables of data are included and 52 references are attached. Appendixes include a "bubble web for brainstorming" and a diagram of the thesaurus format.) (Author/MG)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Computer Uses in Education, Databases, Grade 3, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Language Acquisition, Primary Education, Process Approach (Writing), Process Education, Reading Writing Relationship, Teaching Methods, Thesauri, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.