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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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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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Rimmer, Wayne – Literacy, 2008
Effective writing is to some degree characterised by the ability to use complex grammatical structures. However, grammatical complexity is poorly defined in linguistics and related disciplines such as literacy. This empirical study examined the notion of grammatical complexity and its relevance to literacy. Complexity is multifaceted, so for…
Descriptors: Nouns, Grammar, Writing Skills, Writing (Composition)
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Pantaleo, Sylvia – Literacy, 2007
Research has revealed how students draw upon other texts when writing their own texts. This article explores how the writing of Alyssa, a 10-year-old Grade 5 student, was influenced by her engagement with literature with Radical Change characteristics, as well as by her knowledge of and experience with other texts. Dresang's Radical Change…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Language Arts, Research Methodology, Social Sciences
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Medwell, Jane; Wray, David – Literacy, 2007
Handwriting has a low status and profile in literacy education in England and in recent years has attracted little attention from teachers, policy-makers or researchers into mainstream educational processes. This article identifies a substantial programme of research into handwriting, including studies located in the domains of special needs…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Literacy Education, Intervention
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Dowdall, Clare – Literacy, 2006
This article considers the potential for dissonance that one 12-year-old child (Clare) may experience as a text producer using new technologies, when working across a range of contexts. In this ongoing case study, two types of text are explored: a computer-generated text produced as a homework task for school, and texts produced using an…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Writing (Composition), Comparative Analysis, Language Processing