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ERIC Number: ED398596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 88
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Student Reading and Writing Skills through the Use of Writer's Workshop.
Klatt, Ellen; And Others
A study examined and described a program for implementing a writer's workshop to increase the literacy skills of reading and writing. The targeted population consisted of early childhood special education, kindergarten, and first-grade students in a growing, middle class community located in northern Illinois. The problems of poor reading achievement and writing skills were documented through published assessments and teacher assessments. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students' poor literacy skills were related to the teaching of reading and writing as isolated skills, lack of student choice and ownership, health and social problems during preschool years, lack of exposure to print at early ages, and excessive television viewing habits. Tests and teacher observations revealed that students were unable to transfer skills between reading and writing. A review of solution strategies combined with an analysis of students' reading and writing skills resulted in the integration of a writer's workshop into the reading program. Post intervention data indicated an improvement in student writing and reading achievement. Every student showed an increase in at least one area of testing. As indicated by the data, 66% of all students scored above 80% on the letter recognition test, and 89% of all students advanced to a higher stage in their writing. (Contains 48 references, and 6 tables and 2 figures of data. Appendixes present test instruments, scoring sheets, sample student journal entries, and test results.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois