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ERIC Number: ED209679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 55
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Improving Elementary School Students' Writing Skills.
Wienke, Jon W.
Noting that American elementary schools over the years have emphasized reading to the detriment of writing, a study examined the efficacy of a writing program that places the student and the teacher in direct contact with the writing process by (1) requiring daily student writing and suggesting the teacher frequently write with the students, (2) providing writing models through the process of spelling dictation, and (3) teaching the students proofreading and editing skills and placing the students in situations that required use of these skills. Since the emphasis throughout the program was to increase the time that students and teachers spent on the writing task, a daily free writing period was the keystone. In the beginning, the writing period was about five minutes in length, but it was gradually lengthened to about twenty minutes. A quasiexperimental-control design was used to evaluate the effectiveness of the writing program on sixth grade students. The data indicated that while both experimental and control groups showed gains in writing scores from the beginning to the end of the school year, the treatment groups showed significantly more gains. (Appendixes include a list of proofreading symbols and a list of writing topics.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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