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Olinghouse, Natalie G.; Wilson, Joshua – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2013
The purpose of this study was to examine the role of vocabulary in writing across three genres. Fifth graders (N = 105) wrote three compositions: story, persuasive, and informative. Each composition revolved around the topic of outer space to control for background knowledge. Written compositions were scored for holistic writing quality and…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Grade 5, Vocabulary, Story Telling
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Sparks, Richard L.; Patton, Jon; Ganschow, Leonore; Humbach, Nancy – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2012
Authors examined the relationship between individual differences in L1 print exposure and differences in early L1 skills and later L2 aptitude, L2 proficiency, and L2 classroom achievement. Participants were administered measures of L1 word decoding, spelling, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, receptive vocabulary, and listening…
Descriptors: Native Language, Emergent Literacy, Second Languages, Language Aptitude
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Maggio, Severine; Lete, Bernard; Chenu, Florence; Jisa, Harriet; Fayol, Michel – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2012
This study examines the dynamics of cognitive processes during writing. Participants were 5th, 7th and 9th graders ranging in age from 10 to 15 years. They were shown a short silent video composed of clips illustrating conflictual situations between people in school, and were invited to produce a narrative text. Three chronometric measures of word…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Cognitive Processes, Writing Skills, Time
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Beers, Scott F.; Nagy, William E. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2011
Two measures of syntactic complexity, clauses per T-unit and words per clause, were used to examine differences among four genres of text--narrative, descriptive, compare/contrast, and persuasive--written by the same two cohorts (83 students in grades three and five and 96 students in grades five and seven) on two occasions 2 years apart as part…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Grades (Scholastic), Syntax, Essays
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Silva, Silvia Morales; Verhoeven, Ludo; van Leeuwe, Jan – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2011
In this study, the socio-cultural variation in reading comprehension development was examined in 331 fifth graders from schools in Lima, Peru. Reading comprehension was measured using an adaptation of the PIRLS Reading Literacy test. The fifth graders' reading comprehension results, measured over the course of fifth grade, were related to the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Reading Comprehension, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Weiss, Silvana; Grabner, Roland H.; Kargl, Reinhard; Purgstaller, Christian; Fink, Andreas – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2010
Behavioral and neurophysiological effects of a computer-aided morphological training protocol were examined in German-speaking children from Grades 3 to 9. Study 1 compared morphological awareness, reading, and spelling skills of 34 trained children with an untrained control group of 34 children matched for age, sex, and intelligence. All…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Spelling, Reading Skills, Morphology (Languages)
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Kieffer, Michael J.; Lesaux, Nonie K. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 2008
This study examined the relationship between morphological awareness and reading comprehension in English among Spanish-speaking English language learners (ELLs) followed from fourth through fifth grade. Students' ability to decompose derived words while reading was assessed using an experimental task. Multiple regression analyses were used to…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Morphology (Languages), Second Language Learning, Grade 5