ERIC Number: ED341988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jun-2
Reference Count: N/A
A Learning Activity for Secondary Level Students in an Introduction to Occupations Class in Improving Written Communication.
Using instructional system design, a learning activity was developed to teach students how to use the writing process to write a persuasive essay. The 20 students involved in the development of the activity attended East Meadow High School in Nassau County, New York, scored low on a standardized test of writing, were enrolled in an "Introduction to Occupations" course, and did not plan to attend college. The instructional unit was designed to take nine 40-minute sessions. The lessons and activities on persuasive writing included a pretest, brainstorming activity, first draft, revision, editing, and a posttest. Evaluation of the learning activity indicated that: (1) students seemed to enjoy the activity; (2) although the posttest scores were lower than expected, all of the students showed a significant increase in score; and (3) all students failed the pretest, yet 90% passed the posttest. (Eleven tables and three figures of data are included; the survey instruments, a task analysis, an outline of group and sequence objectives, evaluation instruments, lesson plans, and a guideline checklist are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: East Meadow Union Free District NY
Note: M.S. Thesis, New York Institute of Technology.