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ERIC Number: ED520323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May-7
Pages: 131
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Writer's Workshop: Implementing Units of Study, Findings from a Teacher Study Group, and Student Success in Writing
Chaney, Sandra Lynne
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Background: An elementary teacher study group supports each other in a year-long journey as they learn how to work through writer's workshop curriculum in order to implement Units of Study by Lucy Calkins at a K-6 school. Time spent in writing instruction has been largely neglected, and a teacher-researcher wants to document the support found from the study group as they work through new and complex curriculum as well as document student success in writing using Units of Study in the third grade teacher-researcher's classroom. Purpose: To document obstacles and successes of teachers and students as they implement a new, complex writing curriculum. Setting: K-6 public elementary school in an ethnically diverse urban setting, Glendale, CA and one third grade classroom of 22 students. Study Sample: 10 Teachers: New-24 years experience; 22 third grade students in a general education setting. Research Design: Other Quantitative; Qualitative; Interview. Findings: Teachers need support from experienced peers in utilizing writer's workshop Units of Study or they get stuck. Outcomes of study groups are largely positive due to support systems which are needed - especially for new teachers. Most students exposed regularly to Units of Study write a lot, write about topics they care about, and write more frequently due to largely positive feelings about writing. Conclusion: Units of Study: Writing Workshop by Lucy Calkins, though complex, help lead to student success in writing if teachers are supported as they learn how to implement it. Citation: Making Writer's Workshop Work: Implementing Units of Study, Findings from a Teacher Study Group, and Student Success in Writing Sandra Lynne Chaney. Appendixes include: (1) Interview Questions: Teacher; (2) Student Survey about Writing; (3) Parent Letter of Consent; (4) Letter of Consent; and (5) Teacher Survey. (Contains 17 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California