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ERIC Number: ED307637
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Writing Suggestions in Basal Reading Series and the Extent Teachers Follow Basal Suggestions for Writing.
Howard, Katrena C.
In an attempt to determine the effectiveness of writing assignments in basal reading series and the extent to which teachers used the suggested writing assignments, four fifth grade teachers of reading and their classes were observed for 10 days. Although participants reported that they regularly included written composition in reading instruction, results of the study indicated that three of the four participants followed none of the basal suggestions and that one participant employed some of the basal writing suggestions. Examination of the basal reading series revealed that although reading lessons did contain suggestions that might result in writing, the majority of writing activities were located in the enrichment section of the lessons. In addition, most lesson plan suggestions for writing activities did not state explicitly that the activity should be written; the teacher's manual provided little instruction for the teacher that would aid in guiding students through the writing process; and no suggestions for evaluating students' writing were contained in the writing suggestions. The four participants were consistent in their beliefs that students receive writing instruction in other classes such as English and spelling and that writing was not their responsibility as reading teachers. (NH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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