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ERIC Number: ED587685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Mrs Wordsmith Narrative Journey: Pilot Evaluation. National Literacy Trust Research Report
Teravainen-Goff, Anne
National Literacy Trust
Mrs Wordsmith is a vocabulary programme that combines data science and creativity to show children the words they need for school and life. Hilariously illustrated by the Emmy award-winning artists behind "Madagascar," this is a research-driven vocabulary product aiming to make learning vocabulary manageable and engaging. Developed with leading literacy experts, The Narrative Journey illustrates storytelling words for 6-13 years, with the aim to boost their reading and writing age. The words are grouped into six themes: Character, Weather, Taste and Smell, Action, Emotion and Settings. Each set includes a Word of the Day workbook and display stand, Word Pair cards and an illustrated dictionary. The classroom set also includes a teacher's guide, which provides additional data and teaching ideas for each word. The National Literacy Trust was commissioned to evaluate the impact of Mrs Wordsmith's storytelling Narrative Journey on pupils in Year 3 and 4 in four Oasis Academy schools at in Bristol over the summer term of 2018. This pilot evaluation explored the benefit of the Narrative Journey on children's vocabulary learning and their attitudes towards it within the classroom. The purpose of this evaluation was also to pilot the vocabulary test based on the Mrs Wordsmith product and the attitudinal questions so that they can be used to conduct a larger-scale evaluation of the product in the future.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Literacy Trust (United Kingdom)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Bristol)