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ERIC Number: ED473052
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Pages: 58
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Student Writing Through Different Writing Styles.
Calhoun, Sean; Haley, Jennifer
This report describes a program for improving writing skills through choices of structured and unstructured writing process. The purpose of this program is to increase their ability to produce quality writing as measured by the district's fourth grade writing rubric. The targeted population consisted of an average fourth grade class, located in a "sub-rural" community 60 miles north of Chicago, Illinois. The problem of low writing ability was documented through assessments of students writing samples, classroom observations, student interviews, and student questionnaires. The program implemented new strategies in the area of student choices in the usage of writing skills and processes, during the period of January 2002 to February 2002. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting resulted in the selection of one major intervention. A revision of the essay writing process, as related to student skill development, took place. The classroom environment was altered to include a writing area that provided a writing tool such as graphic organizer, peer edits, thesauri and dictionaries for student use. The students were presented with a structured and unstructured writing process and given choices in the usage of the processes. In conclusion the program proved to be successful in several aspects of the writing process. The students have a positive attitude and have developed a new style of writing that is less structured and less intimidating. They continued to use outside resources in the same manner and use of peer editing increased slightly. The scores obtained through the fourth grade writing rubric have increased in both from the start of the program. These results were small but positive for the targeted group. Contains 10 figures and 30 references. Appendixes contain interview questions, a questionnaire, a writing observation form, and the fourth grade writing rubric. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois