ERIC Number: ED374431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
What's Involved?: Setting up a Writing Exchange. Occasional Paper No. 37.
Freedman, Sarah Warshauer
As part of a larger project, a ninth-grade class participated in a year-long exchange of writing with students in an inner-city London classroom. The larger project involved 10 San Francisco Bay Area sixth- through ninth-grade classes exchanging writing with nine inner-city London classes and a Swedish class. Students and teachers in each of the 10 paired classrooms planned a number of writing activities which formed units of work. Some units were completed in a few days; others took months. Students wrote substantial pieces for a distant but real whole-class audience, and exchanged writing. The paired classes worked together to make their writing programs center on the exchange activities, and paired teachers worked collaboratively to decide on parallel topics for writing. The ninth-grade case study classroom was chosen for detailed study because the teacher turned over her entire writing program to the exchange; she and her students (mostly students of color with a long history of doing poorly in school) constructed the exchange collaboratively; and most of her students became highly involved in their writing. Students were interviewed and writing samples were collected. The teacher created a warm and caring community in which students felt comfortable with one another; she allowed different students different ways into learning; she provided support for the students when the British writing arrived; and she took advantage of opportunities to promote metacognitive control. (Contains three writing samples and excerpts from student interviews.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California; United Kingdom (London)