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ERIC Number: ED427344
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 86
Abstractor: N/A
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Helping 12th Grade Honors English Students Improve Writing Skills through Conferencing.
Lambert, Glenda M. S.
A program was implemented to help improve 12th grade Honors English students' writing skills through conferencing. The targeted group consisted of 13 students who experienced difficulties in writing effective written pieces. Their writing included fragments, run-on sentences, and improper use of punctuation. On the Stanford Achievement Test given in the spring of 1998, 8 of the 13 students scored below the 70th percentile for total language. The objectives of the program were for the targeted students to demonstrate improvement in their ability to write sentences that include transitions and sentence variety, improve their attitudes toward writing by at least 50%, and demonstrate improvement in their writing ability by elevating their scores on the posttest at least one level above the pretest. Strategies mainly included collaborative learning, revision conferences, peer editing conferences, and teacher-student conferences. Success was determined by improvement in the students' attitudes toward writing and inclusion of transitions and sentence variety in their writing. The second and third objectives were met by at least half of the students in the targeted group, so although their attitudes toward writing failed to improve, they did show improvement in their writing skills. (Contains 15 references and a table of data. Appendixes include various assessment tools, attitudinal questionnaires, and the targeted group's scores.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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