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ERIC Number: EJ967732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1553-9318
Teach Struggling Writers to Unite Their Paragraphs
Laud, Leslie E.; Patel, Pooja
TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, v5 n1 Article 4 Sep 2008
This case study measured the effectiveness of a writing strategy designed to enhance the organization and cohesion of paragraphs written by four students with writing difficulties who are currently enrolled in a resource program. The strategy steps were taught through a mnemonic in which steps beginning with each letter of UNITE provided an overall action plan: 1) Unload all you know in note form; 2) Note categories and arrange facts into each; 3) Identify categories in your topic sentence; 4) Tie detailed sentences together with transitions; 5) End with an exciting conclusion. A self-regulated strategy development (SRSD) model was used to teach these steps. All four students made marked improvements according to measures of organization, completeness and cohesion. These gains were maintained over time and transferred to assignments done in classes outside the resource setting. Students also seemed to enjoy writing more so after learning this strategy. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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