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ERIC Number: EJ1069301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Concept Mapping Revisited: Nurturing Children's Writing Skills in Science
Isabelle, Aaron
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v25 p44-57 2015
Concept mapping has long been used an assessment tool by educators to illustrate students' conceptual development of a topic over time. In this article, we chronicle the use of concept maps in a language arts environment. Focusing on a literacy tutoring program for struggling readers/writers centered on hands-on science experiments, we explain how concept maps were used as tools to engage students in authentic writing. Using the example of one struggling reader/writer, step-by-step instructions are provided used by the student's literacy tutor to transform ideas captured on a concept map (generated from experiments and readings about magnets) into a student-written non-fiction, informational book. Results from the student's pre- and post-writing assessments not only show increased writing abilities, but also mastery of science language demands.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
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