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The College at Brockport: State University of New York

Writing skills

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Boys' Writing Genre Choices, Robert E. Stevens May 2007

Boys' Writing Genre Choices, Robert E. Stevens

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teaching students according to their learning styles has become one of the most accepted approaches for effective instruction. The purpose of this action research was to discover what elementary boys do when given the opportunity to choose the genre of their own writing within writing workshop.

More and more boys have resisted writing instruction and have slowly opted not to view themselves as writers. Boys' and girls' brains are structured differently and need different methods of instruction. Choice has been a motivating factor when encouraging boys to engage in any task. This is certainly true of writing. Students should view ...


Investigating High And Low Fifth Grade Urban Readers Through Reading Autobiographies, Jeffrey S. Stanley Apr 2003

Investigating High And Low Fifth Grade Urban Readers Through Reading Autobiographies, Jeffrey S. Stanley

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The push for higher standards and increased performance for children in the United States, has led to many different strategies being used to assist teachers in improving their students' scores. The subjects in this study were from five fifth grade classrooms in an urban school district in Western New York. The eighty-four students consisted of fifty-five females and twenty-nine males. The students were given lessons in reading and writing autobiographies for Readers' Workshop. At the end of the week the students were asked to write an autobiography about how they learned to read. The results of the study yielded sixty-four ...


The Effects Of A Balanced Literacy Program On Kindergartners’ Writing, Catherine Valente Melia May 2000

The Effects Of A Balanced Literacy Program On Kindergartners’ Writing, Catherine Valente Melia

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to examine how the implementation of a balanced literacy program affects the writing of kindergartners in comparison to the writing of kindergartners involved in a more traditional instructional program. This study involved 36 kindergartners from two classrooms in a suburban district in Western New York. The chosen classrooms were selected because of the differences in their early literacy practices. The kindergartners in this study were part of a full day program. The subjects came from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. A heterogeneous mix of ability levels was represented. The kindergartners were given a writing ...


An Examination Of Fourth Grade Students’ Perceptions Of Writing, Jill A. Davies Jul 1994

An Examination Of Fourth Grade Students’ Perceptions Of Writing, Jill A. Davies

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study was designed to examine fourth graders' perceptions of writing. Twenty- six fourth grade students were individually interviewed. The interview consisted of a series of ten questions eliciting the student's thoughts and ideas concerning writing. Each interview was tape recorded, and the responses were analyzed. The researcher found that female students tended to view writing more positively than males. A number of factors, including past experiences, feelings, interests, and previous writing opportunities, influenced the students' perceptions of writing. Environment also contributed to students’ perceptions.

Students are more eager to write when they have a sense of personal involvement ...


An Investigation Into Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Their Own Writing Through The Use Of A Valid Writing Attitudes Instrument, Pamela Brady May 1991

An Investigation Into Teachers’ Attitudes Toward Their Own Writing Through The Use Of A Valid Writing Attitudes Instrument, Pamela Brady

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study investigated teachers’ attitudes towards their personal writing using the Linn writing attitude scale. The researcher classified twelve elementary teachers as either perceived positive (6) or negative (6) in their attitudes towards their writing. The researcher then evaluated the teachers using the Linn writing attitude scale to see if their scores matched the researcher’s initial perceptions. Two independent district personnel were chosen as interraters to evaluate the twelve teachers using the researcher’s methods in order to establish data reliability. Of the twelve teachers, only two were found to have writing attitudes that did not match the researcher ...


A Comparative Study Of Two Process Approaches To The Teaching Of Writing To Third Grade Students, Anita J. Clark Aug 1985

A Comparative Study Of Two Process Approaches To The Teaching Of Writing To Third Grade Students, Anita J. Clark

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine if the quality of writing of third grade students instructed in a structured method of writing would vary from that of a similar group instructed in an unstructured method. The element of learning style that denoted a preference for structure or lack of preference for structure was considered to determine any significant relationship with writing achievement.

This study was conducted over a ten-week period with twenty-four third-grade students. Pre-treatment and post-treatment writing samples were collected. One group of students, (Group I) was instructed using a structured approach to writing. The other group ...