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ERIC Number: EJ887832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0894-3907
Literary Letters: Developmental Readers' Responses to Popular Fiction
Frailey, Marty; Buck-Rodriguez, Greta; Anders, Patricia L.
Journal of Developmental Education, v33 n1 p4-8, 10, 12, 14-15 Fall 2009
This article describes elaboration in "literary letters" (Atwell, 1984, 1987) written by developmental reading students. Nineteen community college students received instruction in "elaborative thought patterns," or types of elaboration, to improve the quality of their responses to popular fiction. This instruction was part of a literature-based component intended to foster positive changes in comprehension and attitude toward reading. Data were derived from (a) letters analyzed according to a coding system, (b) questionnaires, (c) focus-group discussions, and (d) self-evaluations. Students demonstrated improvements in quality of elaboration; they also reported positive changes in comprehension, writing, literature discussions, self-efficacy, and attitude. (Contains 1 table.)
National Center for Developmental Education. Appalachian State University, P.O. Box 32098, Boone, NC 28608-2098. Tel: 828-262-3057; Fax: 828-262-7183; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A