2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Development of Second-Grade Student Writing Through a Writer's Workshop Approach
Michelle L. Gallagher♦
Dr. Wendy Miner, Faculty Mentor

This research addresses the question, In what ways does second-grade student writing develop through daily writing experiences and instruction? The participants were 17 second-grade students and their teacher. I selected the writing of three students to examine closely over a six-week period of time. I observed, recorded and reflected on daily writing procedures and the duration of instruction and independent writing time. I collected writing samples on a weekly basis and selected samples to analyze. I evaluated the writing using the Six Traits Rubric categories of ideas, organization and conventions. The strong and average student writers improved. The weak student writer improved, but did not develop in the way targeted by the teacher. Overall, class-average scores increased with each assessment. The researcher gained understanding of how a Writers Workshop approach positively effects the development of student writing through targeted and systematic instruction and ample time for independent writing.

Keywords: second-grade student writing, Six Traits Rubric, writing instruction , independent writing time

Topic(s):Education

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 24-3
Location: VH 1236
Time: 10:00

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