ERIC Number: ED455525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Improving Student's Writing Ability through Journals and Creative Writing Exercises.
Bartscher, Mark A.; Lawler, Kim E.; Ramirez, Armando J.; Schinault, Kris S.
This study describes a program for students in the target 4th, 7th, and 8th grades who exhibit low achievement in writing. This low achievement affects behaviors, attitudes, and peer interactions. Discipline referrals, district assessments, and teacher written assessments substantiate this dilemma. Probable cause for lack of writing skills has been attributed to lack of feedback from teacher to pupil and students' attitudes toward writing. Other probable causes are the unpredictable lifestyles of some students who are from low social economical status and poor health and readiness influences. The solution strategy involves cooperative learning, journalizing, and creative writing. The cooperative learning strategy will utilize group writing and peer review. The journalizing strategy will serve two purposes. First, the journal is an indicator of writing skills improvement. Second, the journal serves as a vehicle to improve written skills. The final components are the creative writing activities, which are used to increase interest and motivate students to write. Results are measured by data compiled from the writing rubric, expert interviews, and writing checklists. After compiling the results of the post-rubric both sites showed an improvement in writing skills. (Contains 10 unnumbered tables of data, 2 figures and 39 references. Appendixes contain survey instruments, rubrics, student artifacts, journal writing checklists, and student journal artifacts. (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Arts Action Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development Field-Based Masters Program.