ERIC Number: ED374601
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-1
Increasing Grades and Improving the Quality of Writing of 8th Grade Home/Hospital Students with a Comprehensive Writing Curriculum.
Rockwell, Judith Marlene
This practicum involved developing and implementing a comprehensive writing program to improve the academic achievement and increase the writing ability of five home/hospital students in a central Florida county. The target group of home/hospital students was assigned to an eighth grade language arts class. Writing techniques used to build writing skills via teleclass instruction included: students created an expository essay on a topic of their choice, a "Who am I?" essay, different types of paragraphs, expository and persuasive essays, and biographical compositions; students were introduced to writing resource books; students discussed skills involved in reading to others, listening skills, note-taking skills, and skills for cooperative learning; students learned about the writing process, thinking skills, and types of essays; and students shared their essays and discussed with each other their strengths and weaknesses. Student success was measured by comparing first and second semester grades and scores from the Florida Grade 8 Writing Assessment. An anticipated score of three points or higher on the holistic scoring rubric was not achieved, but a score equivalent to the average score of other eighth grades in the district was achieved, and grade point average increased from 1.8 to 2.75. Appendices provide assessment results and a writing syllabus. (Contains 21 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Master of Science Practicum Report, Nova University.