ERIC Number: ED349577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Nurturing Writing Attitudes through Collaboration across the Intermediate Grades.
McKenzie, Flora I.
An 8-month practicum addressed the adverse feelings for writing (shown in responses to a writing survey) of 30 intermediate-level students. Ten students from each grade level (third, fourth, and fifth) with the lowest scores completed the practicum activities. Students viewed a film for the first strategy. The students' reactions to the film served as the basis for a brainstorming activity. One of the concepts was used to develop a story. Students had the option of using one of the concepts that had been generated from the brainstorming activity or coming up with one of their own as they wrote stories. Some stories were written in groups of six, while others were done in pairs. Students had small group conferences to make corrections. Corrected work was typed, illustrated, and bound. Completed work was bound by the practicum leader. A visual was used for the second strategy--clustering. The procedure described for brainstorming was again followed. Freewriting was the final strategy. At the end of the practicum, most of the students had shown improved attitudes toward writing as documented by their responses to the post-writing survey. Those students whose scores remained the same seemed to change their attitude toward one or more areas on the survey. (Five tables and 11 figures of data are included; 24 references, the questionnaire, the letter to former participants, and a memorandum to schools are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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