ERIC Number: ED343087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Developing a Reading/Writing Curriculum for At-Risk High School Students.
Rafferty, Cathleen D.; And Others
A study analyzed teacher and student perceptions of a literature-based reading/writing curriculum for at-risk high school students. Eighteen students, (3 girls, 15 boys) ranging in age from 15 to 18 years, began English 9, a redesigned one-semester literature-based make-up course for students who failed ninth-grade English. Prior to the study, the course consisted of repeating the same kind of instruction that resulted in student failure in the regular classroom. Eight students were interviewed mid-way through the second semester. Data also included field notes and interviews with teachers concerning courses taken after the students completed the make-up course. Results indicated that although students had been placed in English 9 for various reasons, almost all responded favorably to the redesigned curriculum, which used a literature-based reading/writing approach taught in a relaxed and democratic classroom atmosphere. Most English 9 students and their subsequent English teachers concurred that through these means, the students had acquired both the motivation and literacy skills necessary to succeed in the academic school environment. (Twenty-three references, profiles of the English 9 students, and interview protocols are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (41st, Palm Springs, CA, December 3-7, 1991).