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ERIC Number: ED265541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-29
Pages: 20
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Assigned Writing Tasks in School: A Search for Meaning.
Whale, Kathleen B.
Extending an earlier Donald Graves study by including students over seven years of age, this study identified relationships among the nature of writing tasks assigned by teachers and the written responses of elementary school students to those tasks. One class each at the third, fifth, and seventh grade levels provided eighteen sets of writing tasks and responses representing over 400 pieces of writing. Students' writings were analyzed for topic, territory, person, and mode of discourse. Results indicated that relationships do exist among the nature of writing tasks assigned by teachers and the written responses of students. For example, topics were always assigned as part of the writing task and students' writings reflected the assigned topics. Although territory, person, and mode were seldom specified in the assigned writing tests, when teachers did clearly state specifications for territory, person, or mode, students' writing reflected them. In addition to raising questions about aspects of the writing process, this study provides information that teachers can use to provide a wide range of writing activities for students. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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