ERIC Number: ED348680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Writing Skills for Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grade Gifted Students through the Use of Developmental Processes.
Freeman, Mary Helen
A practicum was designed to increase third, fourth, and fifth grade gifted and talented students' exposure to the writing process. Nine behavioral objectives were identified: (1) demonstrating more prolifically and mechanically correct narratives; (2) demonstrating more positive feelings toward writing; (3) increasing the number of words used in a narrative; (4) completing a publication-ready narrative; (5) increasing selection of words in a narrative; (6) indicating success in having a written work published; (7) reporting self-improvement in the writing process; (8) increasing ability to inform readers; and (9) demonstrating a desire to write. Developmental writing lessons were designed to help students develop writing skills and to cooperatively share and assist each other in the writing process. Students participated in learning centers, integrated writing skills and viewed educational writing videos. Samples of the students' writing were collected before and after writing projects in portfolios, using a survey and a standard writing scale. All nine objectives were met successfully, and, in many areas, expectations were exceeded. The data from the practicum strongly validated the following: (1) students can improve their writing skills as a result of being exposed to a formalized developmental writing program; (2) students can develop a more cooperative and helping spirit when taught how to assist each other in writing projects; and (3) the use of technologies such as word processing and writing videos can enhance students' writing projects, as was shown in this practicum. In addition, parents, teachers and other students benefitted from the gifted students being involved in the program. (Nine figures are included; 23 references and 7 appendixes are attached.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Developmental Curriculum; Writing Development
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.