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ERIC Number: ED398598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 159
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Students' Ability To Produce Quality and Variety in Written Language.
Davidson, Lynne; And Others
A study describes a program for improving the quality and variety of students' writing. The targeted population consisted of elementary and special education high school students in suburban communities north of Chicago, Illinois. The problems were documented through the collection of writing samples, teacher observation, student self-evaluation, and attitudinal surveys. Analysis of the probable causes was supported by the data collected by student and parent surveys. Changing populations, changing educational attitudes, absenteeism, leisure time pursuits, and a lack of instructional time in previous writing experiences all contributed to the problem. A review of solution possibilities suggested by the professional literature resulted in the selection of a writer's workshop model for writing instruction. The model included lessons on writing skills, peer conferencing, free writing opportunities, and the publishing of writing products. Post intervention data indicated an increase in the quality and variety in children's writing. (Contains 29 references and 20 figures of data. Appendixes present writing prompts, survey instruments, record forms, sample reading materials, and the post intervention writing prompt.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois