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ERIC Number: EJ1150190
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0574
Writing Apprenticeship for Sixth-Grade English Learners: An Application of the Theory of Systemic Functional Linguistics
Pavlak, Christina M.; Hodgson-Drysdale, Tracy
Journal of Education, v197 n2 p25-35 2017
The writing achievement of English learners (ELs) is often lower than that of other subgroups (Fry, 2007, 2008). To address this gap, a partnership was formed between university faculty and doctoral students and educators at an urban PK-8 school with a majority EL population. Using Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) as a guide, the team endeavored to enhance writing instruction and, as a result, student writing. This study focused on a sixth-grade language arts teacher and her EL students during a personal recount writing unit. Qualitative data were analyzed to explore how SFL informed writing instruction and student apprenticeship influenced teaching and learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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