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ERIC Number: EJ776580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1074-4762
Using a Writing Marathon to Create a College Culture among At-Risk Sixth-Graders
Stephens, Liz C.; Radcliffe, Rich; Schaefer, Jan
Voices from the Middle, v14 n4 p26-31 May 2007
Because approximately two-thirds of the nation's middle school students are writing and reading below the proficient level (NCREL, 2005), researchers warn that we may be facing a literacy crisis in the next decade unless schools commit to creating a culture that promotes college or other postsecondary education. The authors endorse the position that schools should create a "college culture" that encourages all students to consider college by introducing information about higher education opportunities during early adolescence and in high school. This article details a project, intended to inspire this consideration, in which 50 sixth-graders were selected to participate in a writing activity that was coupled with a visit to a university campus. The interaction with campus life and the glimpse of college classes seemed to yield positive results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; High Schools; Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas