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ERIC Number: ED312665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 82
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Spelling and Language Arts Skills of Chapter 1 Fourth Grade Students through Paragraph Compositions.
Budnik, Patricia McNulty
This practicum addressed the problem of Chapter 1 fourth grade students not being able to compose a paragraph using correct spelling and language arts skills. The subjects were 16 predominantly Black and Hispanic students in a school in an old small southern city. The students had paragraph composition assignments weekly. The goals were: (1) to increase the use of correctly spelled words; (2) to improve the number of correct responses in punctuation and the use of a main idea followed by detail sentences; (3) to compose grammatically correct sentences using paragraphs with indentation; and (4) to improve self images as writers. Results indicated that writing paragraphs did improve the acquisition of correct spelling and language arts skills. The students' enjoyment of having their paragraphs read to the class was the most rewarding result. Students advanced in spelling to fourth grade level, one to two years above expected reading level. The majority improved their spelling performance, increased the number of words spelled correctly on the sentence dictation test, increased the number of words used in their compositions, identified the main idea of a paragraph, placed four detail sentences in proper sequence, and increased the number of grammatically correct sentences. All students improved their self images as writers. (Eight tables of data are included; nine appendixes including prewriting and postwriting surveys, lists of spelling words, and paragraph samples are attached.) (Author/KEH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Consolidation Improvement Act Chapter 1