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ERIC Number: ED403589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 43
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A Qualitative Study: The Effect of Modeling Nonfiction Text Strategies on Third and Fourth Grade Student's Nonfiction Writing.
Gilhool, Mick; And Others
A qualitative pilot study investigated the influence of nonfiction learning activities upon the level of student engagement, writing growth, and the quantity of students' nonfiction compositions. The participants were 19 third-grade students and 19 fourth-grade students, plus the 2 teachers of the respective classes. Nonfiction writing instruction consisted of modeling high-quality nonfictional texts, semantic mapping, and writing conferences. The level of student engagement and the quantity of their nonfiction compositions increased during the 5-week treatment period. Qualitative observations of increasing levels of engagement in nonfiction writing and increasing length of students' compositions implies the effectiveness of the strategies employed. Findings imply that nonfiction writing instructional strategies may increase students' writing, enthusiasm, and writing quantity. (Contains 28 references and 2 tables of data. Appendixes present daily learning activities using nonfiction texts, writing prompts, and rubrics.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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