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Chamberlain, Liz – Literacy, 2019
This paper examines the nature of the out-of-school writing practices of three primary-aged children aged 9-10. In particular, it explores the writing these children chose to undertake at home including 'for school' writing, completed at home. The study's findings reveal the ways in which these three, developing young writers engage and interact…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Writing (Composition), Family Environment, Homework
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Smith, Blaine E. – Literacy, 2019
Although a large body of research emphasises the collaborative nature of adolescents' multimodal composing processes in and out of school, little is known about how or why collaborative partnerships might differ across composers or digital tools. Integrating sociocultural and social semiotics theoretical frameworks, this study examined how three…
Descriptors: Semiotics, Sociocultural Patterns, Video Technology, Cooperative Learning
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Connolly, Steve; Burn, Andrew – Literacy, 2019
This article describes the outcomes of a research project conducted at the Ministry of Stories (a London-based writing centre) which sought to develop an online, mentor-assisted, writing platform. Across a 3-month period, at four different sites across the UK, more than a hundred Year 7 pupils took part in the project, using the platform to write…
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Program Descriptions, Writing (Composition), Laboratories
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Gadd, Murray; Parr, Judy M. – Literacy, 2016
This New Zealand-based study of the classroom practice of nine exemplary teachers of writing to upper primary-age students explored the significance of task orientation as a component of effective teacher instruction and the instructional strategies or actions that effective teachers utilise to promote such. Effectiveness pertains to teachers…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Writing Teachers
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Magnifico, Alecia Marie; Curwood, Jen Scott; Lammers, Jayne C. – Literacy, 2015
Young fanfiction writers use the Internet to build networks of reading, writing and editing--literacy practices that are highly valued in schools, universities and workplaces. While prior research shows that online spaces frame multiple kinds of participation as legitimate, much of this work focuses on the extensive contributions of exceptional…
Descriptors: Literacy, Literary Genres, Fiction, Internet
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Skaar, Håvard – Literacy, 2015
In recent years, plagiarism has been on the increase across the Western world. This article identifies Internet access as a contributory cause of this trend and addresses the implications of readily available Internet sources for the teaching and assessment of writing in schools. The basis for the article is a previous study showing a wide…
Descriptors: Internet, Plagiarism, Ethics, Cheating
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Honeyford, Michelle A. – Literacy, 2013
This paper explores how students, as multimodal storytellers, can weave powerful narratives blending modes, genres, artefacts and literary conventions to represent the real and imagined in their lives. Part of a larger ethnographic case study of student writing in a middle years class for immigrant students learning English as an additional…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Literary Criticism, Realism, Discourse Analysis
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Brady, Josephine; Millard, Elaine – Literacy, 2012
This paper documents an evaluation of children's written responses to a story telling package used in an intervention project set up by the National Association for the Teaching of English as part of the larger "Inspire Rotherham" literacy campaign. The brief was to provide a group of primary teachers with innovative and inspirational approaches…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Play, English Instruction, Story Telling
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Peterson, Shelley Stagg; McClay, Jill Kedersha – Literacy, 2012
Interviews with 216 Grades 4-8 teachers and observations in 21 classrooms show that computers are widely used to teach writing across Canada. Restricted access to computers plays a role in the frequency and types of interactions that students and teachers have with computers in writing classes. Equally influential are assumptions about writing…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Spelling
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Adami, Elisabetta – Literacy, 2011
Responding to "In defence of writing" by Havard Skaar, published in issue 43.1 of this journal (April 2009), the present article argues that (1) compared with text production "from scratch," producing texts through copy-and-paste requires a different type of--rather than less--semiotic work, and that (2) digitally produced writing may involve the…
Descriptors: Text Structure, Teaching Experience, Semiotics, Writing Skills
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Boyle, Bill; Charles, Marie – Literacy, 2011
This article relates a child's development in story writing and the progress that she made in achieving text cohesion, spelling development and ideation through the collaborative process. The case study investigates the integration of major aspects of writing development such as collaboration, the importance of peer interactions through social…
Descriptors: Socialization, Spelling, Cooperation, Writing Processes
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Burke, Winifred – Literacy, 2011
Standard assessment tests have been part of the literacy practice in English primary schools for many years. While educators point to the dangers of "teaching to the test," politicians continue to believe that the best way of achieving accountability is by retaining league tables of these test results. Currently the curriculum is too…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Test Results, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods
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O'Sullivan, Olivia; McGonigle, Sue – Literacy, 2010
This paper presents findings from a national project in England, The Power of Reading (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education), which has involved to date 41 projects over 5 years, in 16 Local Authorities nationally, with 900 schools and 1,350 teachers. The paper presents findings for the first 4 years. Our data demonstrate how professional…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Elementary School Students, Literacy Education, Reading Programs