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ERIC Number: ED371320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 61
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Integration of Reading and Writing Strategies To Improve Reading.
Murphy, Judy
A program was developed for improving the reading of first-grade students in a progressive suburban community in northern Illinois. The problem was originally noted by an increase in the need for support services and low standardized test scores. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students lacked knowledge of the relationship between reading and writing processes. In addition, a review of the district's general curriculum and textbooks revealed that academic concepts were taught in isolation. Solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of three major categories of intervention: development of activities for students to integrate the reading and writing processes, communication of student-originated ideas in reading and writing, and demonstration of higher-order thinking through reading and writing. All strategic solutions occurred through curricular modifications and changes in teaching practices. All symptoms of the original problem were reduced as projected; students' integration of reading and writing improved, students' ability to communicate original ideas increased, and students demonstrated higher-order thinking skills through reading and writing. (Contains 34 references and 4 tables of data. A total of nine appendixes presenting data, student writing samples, checklists, and lesson plans are attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois