ERIC Number: ED459477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
The Effect of Cross-Age Tutoring by High Schoolers on Their Understanding and Ability To Create a Short Story.
The purpose of this study was to see if cross-age tutoring by high schoolers would have an effect on the students' understanding and ability to write a short story. High schoolers, in an elective creative writing course, were paired up with sixth graders from a local feeder elementary. The high schoolers spent time studying specific short story elements and then commenting on drafts of the sixth graders' stories. The results of this study showed an average increase in students' scores of 15% on a test of basic short story elements. This indicated that the students had an increased understanding of the elements covered in the tutoring experience. Also, through the evaluation of the high schooler's own stories, the students demonstrated an ability to use the skills they had learned in their own writing. Thus, this cross-age tutoring experience that focused on story writing skills was an effective method for teaching specific short story elements to high school students. Contains 13 references, and 10 tables and 4 figures of data. Appendixes contain an open-ended survey; a test of short story elements, two short stories; guidelines for individual short stories; advice on introducing tutoring partners; biography sheets; and a short story planning guide. (Author/RS)
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Cross Age Teaching, Grade 6, High School Students, High Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Intermediate Grades, Short Stories, Tutoring, Writing Improvement
For full text: http://www.whitworth.edu/education/MIT/MITResearch/1999/Ankc orn/research.htm.
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Masters Thesis, Whitworth College.