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ERIC Number: EJ972604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Visual Cues Help Writers Blossom
Brydolf, Carol
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v77 n5 p17-18 Jan 2012
When Francisca Owoaje took over as principal of the Laurel Street Elementary School in the Compton Unified School District, she quickly realized that the school's writing instruction needed a major overhaul. Even after they mastered other academic subjects, Laurel Street's English learners--who constitute more than 60% of the school's 517 students--continued to have problems with writing. Their native English-speaking classmates were also struggling with written English--even when their oral English and reading skills were strong. Students had excellent ideas about what they wanted to say when they put pen to paper, but they were having trouble transforming their thoughts into coherent and organized paragraphs. Laurel Street is one of 23 inner-city public elementary schools in the district that serve students defined as "at risk" of failing in school. Many are recent immigrants, and 90% qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. School staff felt it was essential that these students leave Laurel Street with all the skills they'd need to succeed--including writing. This article describes Laurel Street's new writing program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California