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ERIC Number: ED046930
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 110
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A Comparison of Three Methods of Teaching Composition to Seventh and Ninth Graders.
Peterson, Erling Winston
The purpose of this study was to determine whether different methods of English instruction would produce significant differences in students' ability to write as well as to recognize satisfactory writing. During the first quarter of the school year, 731 students at the seventh and nine grade levels were taught by one of three teaching methods believed to improve writing ability--the study of literature, the study of literature with grammar, and the study of literature with composition. The students' improvement in writing skills was measured by (1) administering the STEP Writing Test at the beginning and end of the experiment, (2) requiring each student to write an essay on the same subject at the beginning and end of the experiment, and (3) making a gross count of errors on each essay. Findings gave support to the practice of teaching grammar in conjunction with literature to improve writing skills at the seventh grade level, although the other two teaching methods proved more effective in the ninth grade. At both grade levels, teaching the principles of composition, coupled with frequent student practice in writing, proved to be an effective teaching method. (Author/JB)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Northern Illinois University