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Harris, Karen R.; Ray, Amber; Graham, Steve; Houston, Julia – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2019
We designed and investigated the first set of instructional procedures we are aware of to teach 4th and 5th grade students how to write a persuasive essay following close reading of a source text. Eight boys and girls attending a diverse, low income school who were having difficulty learning to write participated in an experimental…
Descriptors: Writing Difficulties, Persuasive Discourse, Elementary School Students, Grade 4
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de Smedt, Fien; Graham, Steve; Van Keer, Hilde – Journal of Educational Research, 2019
The authors investigated the impact of explicit instruction and peer-assisted writing on students' writing motivation and self-efficacy for writing. Eleven teachers and their 206 fifth- and sixth-grade students participated in a 2 (explicit instruction vs. writing opportunities without explicit instruction) × 2 (peer-assisted writing vs. writing…
Descriptors: Writing Attitudes, Direct Instruction, Self Efficacy, Grade 5