ERIC Number: ED396304
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Second-Grade Teachers' Expertise in Supporting Children's Growth as Writers through Interrelating Writing and Literature Themes.
Davis, Nadine M.
A practicum was designed to increase second-grade teachers' expertise and knowledge in integration of literature themes with writing and oral presentations. The problem addressed was that many students did not receive adequate support and opportunities to interconnect reading and original writing. There was nothing in the language arts series, nor in the mandated curriculum, to encourage or to teach the strategies required to meet with success in the area of quality written and spoken communication. Student proficiency in extending literature into writing and speaking by thinking and reasoning critically is important for two reasons: (1) the demonstration of self-management and decision making skills; and (2) the reinforcement of the concept that real life problem solving techniques have more than one step in the process. The program developed included a class of 24 students and 4 teachers in all phases of the implementation. Five basic areas covered by the language arts curriculum included speaking, grammar, comprehension, spelling, and composition. The strategies provided include opportunities for writing on topics of students' selections, timed provisions for student-selected themes, time allowances for oral presentations, and integration of self-evaluation. Analysis of data revealed that the teachers enthusiastically and successfully integrated literature with the curriculum. It was concluded that, when provided with a written curriculum, both teachers and students learned how to work in tandem to interrelate literature and themes with the mandated curriculum. (A teacher's survey, parent letter, checklists for implementation, and weekly checklist are appended; contains 31 references.) (Author/CR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Development; Writing Thinking Relationship
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.