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Self-Regulated Strategy Development And Its Influence On A Student With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Kelsey Romal May 2017

Self-Regulated Strategy Development And Its Influence On A Student With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Kelsey Romal

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Through tutoring sessions, it was noticed that a student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder was struggling to write a paragraph. This research study explores the influence the Self-Regulated Strategy Development had on the student’s writing and opinion’s of writing. This was a qualitative study focusing on the experiences of both the tutor and student during the tutoring sessions. Through observations and interviews during the tutoring sessions, it was founded that this particular student had a positive attitude toward writing. In addition, the student grew as a writer yet continued to struggle with self-regulation and goal setting.


Using Read Alouds To Support A Pre-Kindergarten Student's Emergent Literacy Skills, Kaitlin Dennis May 2017

Using Read Alouds To Support A Pre-Kindergarten Student's Emergent Literacy Skills, Kaitlin Dennis

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research explores how read alouds may support a Pre-Kindergarten student’s emergent literacy skills. The purpose of this research is to see whether or not read alouds and teacher/student interactions can improve the emergent literacy skills of the child. Data were collected for this study over a period of 6 weeks using informal field notes, observations, video and audio recordings and student data from PALS assessment. Data were analyzed for how the student’s emergent literacy skills changed and how the student interacted with the read alouds.


Curriculum Redesign With An Emphasis On Mathematical Literacy In An 8th Grade Function Unit, Caitlin A. Mosher Dec 2015

Curriculum Redesign With An Emphasis On Mathematical Literacy In An 8th Grade Function Unit, Caitlin A. Mosher

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Most teachers in the United States are going through a paradigm shift. Teachers have to switch from using the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Standards or State Standards to the Common Core State Standards. With this shift in standards, teachers are now creating new curriculum that follow the CCSS. This thesis provides a unit on function that is aligned with CCSS. This unit has an emphasis on mathematical literacy to help students have a deeper understanding of the concepts they are learning.


Using Writing Conferences To Scaffold First Grade Students' Narrative Writing, Marie Sinchak May 2015

Using Writing Conferences To Scaffold First Grade Students' Narrative Writing, Marie Sinchak

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Young teachers are entering into their profession with little training on effectively teaching writing to their students. Writing conferences promote the growth of student writing skills, but their implementation remains uncertain to unexperienced teachers. This qualitative case study explored how writing conferences are utilized as a means of scaffolding the narrative writing skills of three first grade students, who participated in a series of writing conferences which built upon the specific needs of the students. Results suggest that student interest and peer review are instrumental in cultivating students’ skills of sentence fluency. Implications of results are discussed.


The Impact Of Digital Storytelling On Fourth Grade Students’ Motivation To Write, Chelsea Lobello May 2015

The Impact Of Digital Storytelling On Fourth Grade Students’ Motivation To Write, Chelsea Lobello

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Educators often have difficulty motivating upper elementary and adolescent students to write, while still being held accountable for producing high academic achievement to the rigorous standards of today’s society. Educators today are also striving to prepare students for the ever-changing and advancing 21st century world. Although teachers recognize that writing at the fourth grade level has become more rigorous and student motivation towards writing has decreased, they are unaware of the role digital storytelling has on both motivation and writing performance. Using a qualitative research design and case study approach, the current study examined the impact of digital ...


Writing Behaviors Of A 5th Grade Bilingual Student, Zachary T. Koch Oct 2014

Writing Behaviors Of A 5th Grade Bilingual Student, Zachary T. Koch

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Significant shifts in demographics across the United States continue to impact educational demands and decisions. This article is an initial investigation of the behaviors and understandings of a bilingual student participating in an academic literacy community. In order to begin exploring my topic, I posed the question: “What traits are evident in a bilingual student’s writing at home and at school?” The participants included a 5th grade male and his mother; both speak English as a second language and are of South Korean heritage. I approached my research qualitatively; using discourse analysis of written text and oral conversation ...


The Impact Of Self-Perception On A First Grade Writer, Shannon Moser May 2014

The Impact Of Self-Perception On A First Grade Writer, Shannon Moser

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study with one first grade writer investigated how the home and school environments influence one’s self-perception as a writer. The study also explored the various ways self-perception impacts one’s overall writing. Audio recording, observations of writing experiences in the home, interviews, and various writing surveys with the first grader and his family captured the process of how one’s self-perception impacts writing. Interviews and various writing surveys were administered and compared to gain insight to the student’s beliefs about writing and himself as a writer. The first grade student demonstrated his ability to self-assess his ...


Boys' Interest In Writing, Nancy J. Contestabile Jan 2014

Boys' Interest In Writing, Nancy J. Contestabile

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study investigates why some boys are motivated to write and what piques their interest, and why many boys are reluctant to participate in the writing process. Boys’ interest in writing is based on various factors that can include attitudes, choice, and purpose of the assignment, gender differences, technology and motivation. Participants were given writing surveys, interviews, observed and writing samples. This data was collected and analyzed using the constant comparison method, and presented in individual case studies.


Meeting All Students’ Needs Within A Scripted Writing Curriculum: A Self-Study, Michelle A. Stewart Jan 2014

Meeting All Students’ Needs Within A Scripted Writing Curriculum: A Self-Study, Michelle A. Stewart

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative study, conducted in a kindergarten classroom at an urban charter school, investigated what happened when a teacher implemented a scripted writing curriculum. The study sought to examine how the teacher met individual student needs within the parameters of a scripted curriculum. It also sought to examine what happens when such a scripted curriculum is used. The teacher collected data in the form of lesson plans and a research journal. Lesson plans were delivered as scripted, but at times were adapted by the teacher. Each day after lesson delivery, the teacher wrote in a research journal, reflecting on the ...


Engaging Writing Activities To Increase Skills And Motivation For Middle School Students, Alicia M. Accapezzato Dec 2013

Engaging Writing Activities To Increase Skills And Motivation For Middle School Students, Alicia M. Accapezzato

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Teaching middle school ELA using engaging and technology driven lesson to improve writing school. Why engagement is important to student success and why teachers should keep up with technology to foster success. A 5 lesson unit plan that aims to teach writing skills to middle school students keeping technology and engagement in mind follows the research.


The Impact Self-Graphing Has On The Writing Fluency And Writing Attitudes Of Three 3rd Grade Students With Special Needs, Julie Anne Hyatt Aug 2013

The Impact Self-Graphing Has On The Writing Fluency And Writing Attitudes Of Three 3rd Grade Students With Special Needs, Julie Anne Hyatt

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

With the demands of the Common Core Standards, a large emphasis has been placed on writing in all content areas. Unfortunately, in regards to students with special needs, teachers are unsure how to instruct them to produce higher quality writing and increase writing fluency. This study was designed to explore the impact self-graphing has on the writing fluency and writing attitudes of three third grade male students with special needs. Each student was given a survey to determine his or her attitude towards writing and asked to write about a prompt for varying amounts of time for six weeks. The ...


One Teacher's Experience Of Journaling Through Email With A Student With Emotional Disturbances, Laurel A. Justinger Jul 2013

One Teacher's Experience Of Journaling Through Email With A Student With Emotional Disturbances, Laurel A. Justinger

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This five week study looks at the impact of journaling, through email, with a student with emotional disturbances. Interviews, journal entries, and observation field notes are analyzed and reveal positive effects of email journaling. Following five weeks of journaling the student demonstrated increased rates of engagement in a writing activity, improved self-efficacy, as well as a strengthened relationship with his teacher.


Use Of Computer Technologies In Supporting 3rd Graders' Literacy Development, Nicole M. Pensgen Dec 2012

Use Of Computer Technologies In Supporting 3rd Graders' Literacy Development, Nicole M. Pensgen

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Over the past decade school districts across the country have been trying to find ways to incorporate technology into the classroom. With the new initiatives of state and federal lawmakers, the push for this integration is greater now more than ever. As teachers across the nation try to fulfill this requirement, they are looking for ways to do this throughout the school day. Some of the ways educators are incorporating technology into their instruction is through the use of Internet websites and program software. While websites and programs seem like a wonderful idea to engage students in daily learning, there ...


Integrating Social Emotional Learning With English Language Arts: Creating Relevancy To Reading And Writing, Claire E. Bateman May 2012

Integrating Social Emotional Learning With English Language Arts: Creating Relevancy To Reading And Writing, Claire E. Bateman

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In an era of ever-increasing demand for student achievement, with regard to standardized test scores and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, and research conducted over the past two decades which has shown a direct correlation between the impact of social and emotional learning and academic performance, consideration of intentional approaches to curriculum development and implementation which incorporate aspects of social and emotional learning is warranted. Since literature offers an opportunity to discuss characters' pro- or anti-social behaviors and skills, as well as the way in which their feelings motivate their actions, the study of literature, and the ...


Down The Rabbit Hole: A Look At Integrating Classic Literature Into A Secondary Mathematics Curriculum, Adam E. Sokol Jan 2012

Down The Rabbit Hole: A Look At Integrating Classic Literature Into A Secondary Mathematics Curriculum, Adam E. Sokol

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The importance of mathematics and reading is paramount to the advancement of civilization. Research has shown that mathematics and reading, along with writing, have a strong correlation. The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics stress the importance of applying mathematical concepts to other subjects and real life. Interestingly, the mathematics and English curriculums have some objectives in common. Classic literature provides a unique context for mathematical concepts to be applied. Using classic literature to teach mathematics could allow students to engage in mathematics and literature more deeply. Example lessons and worksheets supported by research allow teachers to another ...


Interactive Whiteboards: Impact On Fifth-Grade Writing Skills, Danielle Marie Mooney Oct 2011

Interactive Whiteboards: Impact On Fifth-Grade Writing Skills, Danielle Marie Mooney

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Given current societal emphasis on technology mixed with the community pressures to succeed in an increasingly technological world, teachers and school districts find themselves focusing efforts on integrating technology and instruction more readily in their classrooms; their goal - to improve instructional practices and keep up with the developing, tech-savvy world. This thesis project discusses several clarifying questions - How much technology should schools be expected to provide? What types of instruction would most benefit students? The research study addresses the influence of the SMART board on students’ academic development, specifically in writing with regard to motivation and literacy. The project’s ...


What Happens When Struggling Readers And Writers Produce And Read Their Own Scripted Stories?, Sara Aileen Speer Aug 2007

What Happens When Struggling Readers And Writers Produce And Read Their Own Scripted Stories?, Sara Aileen Speer

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research study is an attempt to determine what happens when struggling readers and writers produce and read their own scripted stories. The purpose of the study was to take a successful method of supporting struggling readers; reader's theater, and integrate student created scripts to see if reader's theater could be used to support struggling writers as well. This study was conducted with eight second grade students struggling with both reading and writing. Research took place over three sessions where the reader's theater process was implemented each time. The first session was done in original reader's ...


Success In Science: The Power Of Writing On Attitudes And Knowledge Acquisition In Middle School Science, Kelly A. Roberts Jan 2007

Success In Science: The Power Of Writing On Attitudes And Knowledge Acquisition In Middle School Science, Kelly A. Roberts

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research study looks at the global deficits in science-related industries with regard to scientific literacy and writing to articulate knowledge. This project explores a science curriculum that uses diverse resources like children's literature, poetry, nature journals, and writing prompts to explore learning and attitudes in the middle school science classroom. Researchers anticipated students’ development in content and conceptual knowledge, improvement in critical thinking skills, and increased interest in scientific reading and writing. Active research was conducted at a small suburban/rural parochial school in Western New York where subjects included 65 students in three seventh-grade life-science classes. Literacy ...


Effects Of Interactive Writing On Student Writing Achievement In A Primary Classroom, Sheila M. Marconi May 2002

Effects Of Interactive Writing On Student Writing Achievement In A Primary Classroom, Sheila M. Marconi

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study looked at the effective of the interactive writing technique on primary teachers and their students over a six-month period. The study consisted of three, urban, first grade teachers and eighteen students. Teachers used a self-assessment rubric to rate themselves at the start and close of the study on how well they utilized the technique in the classroom. Teachers were also interviewed at the close of the study to determine if there were benefits or drawbacks associated with using the technique. Students were selected for the study by their performance on an emergent literacy survey. Two writing samples were ...


The Relationship Between Regents Competency Test Writing Scores Of Special Education High School Students In A Self-Contained Classroom And Special Education High School Students In A Mainstreamed Classroom, Cynthia Marie Brandt Dec 1996

The Relationship Between Regents Competency Test Writing Scores Of Special Education High School Students In A Self-Contained Classroom And Special Education High School Students In A Mainstreamed Classroom, Cynthia Marie Brandt

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a statistically significant difference in the mean scores of the Regents Competency Test in Writing between special education high school students in a mainstreamed English class and special education high school students in a self-contained English class. To determine this, twenty-five special education students in the eleventh grade were asked to participate in this study. The students were selected from a district in Monroe County in New York State. Fourteen of the students were in a mainstreamed English class. The remaining fourteen students were in a self-contained English class ...


A Holistic Comparison Of The Writing Abilities Of First-Grade Students Who Attended Either Full-Day Or Half-Day Kindergarten, Kirsten Carey Aug 1996

A Holistic Comparison Of The Writing Abilities Of First-Grade Students Who Attended Either Full-Day Or Half-Day Kindergarten, Kirsten Carey

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Limited research has been conducted to compare full-day and half-day kindergarten programs. Most studies examined reading and math achievement. Standardized tests were generally used to measure achievement. Virtually no studies have been conducted to assess and compare writing proficiency of full-day and half-day students.

The purpose of this study was to determine the difference in the writing scores of first grade students who attended either a full-day or half-day kindergarten program the previous year. Holistic scoring was used in keeping with the need for authentic assessment.

The writings of 65 first-grade students from two rural school districts were examined and ...


Creativity In Children’S Writing, Harry R. Sisson Jun 1961

Creativity In Children’S Writing, Harry R. Sisson

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

In this master thesis the author tests three different story writing approaches to determine which best prompts students’ creativity. The three approaches include: tall tales, actual experiences, and suggested topics. Twenty 6th grade students wrote creative stories in one of the three approaches. The researcher made it clear that students’ stories not be graded, and would not impact their grade report in any way. Three different teachers independently scored each story for its creativity. The researcher found that writing about actual experiences seemed to stimulate the most creativity from students. Tall tales yielded the same level of creativity as ...