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ERIC Number: ED420874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 67
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Writing through the Use of Varied Strategies.
Harrington, Mark; Holik, Maria; Hurt, Patricia
This action research project described a program for increasing student skills in writing. The targeted population consisted of fifth grade academically talented, regular education, and inclusion students in a middle class, western suburb of a Midwestern city. The inadequacy of student writing skills was documented through writing samples, local assessments, teacher surveys, and student surveys. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that teachers report student frustration, lack of "seeing real-life" connection, and inadequate writing skills. The teacher specifically reported that limited time, previous failures, a lack of home modeling, and lack of curriculum integration fostered poor writing skills. A review of solution strategies suggested by experts in the field of writing, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of four major categories of intervention. These categories include goal setting conferences, cooperative learning, graphic organizers, and use of rubrics. Students made enormous progress in using graphic organizers. They showed increased enjoyment of writing and had an easier time starting to write. Students developed their habits of goal setting, which will influence their writing process in the future. Further, students became proficient at peer editing which assisted the role of writer and editor. (Contains 29 references, and one table and six figures of data. Appendixes contain survey instruments, rubrics, checklists, graphic organizers, and practice sentences.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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