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Troia, Gary A.; Shen, Mei; Brandon, Diana L. – Written Communication, 2019
This study examined multiple measures of written expression as predictors of narrative writing performance for 362 students in grades 4 through 6. Each student wrote a fictional narrative in response to a title prompt that was evaluated using a levels of language framework targeting productivity, accuracy, and complexity at the word, sentence, and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Intermediate Grades, Writing (Composition), Expressive Language
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Limpo, Teresa; Alves, Rui A. – Written Communication, 2017
It is established that transcription skills (handwriting and spelling) constrain children's writing. Yet, little is known about the mechanism underlying this relationship. This study examined the mediating role of bursts and pauses on the link between transcription skills and writing fluency or text quality. For that, 174 second graders did the…
Descriptors: Written Language, Handwriting, Spelling, Writing Skills
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Kuhn, Deanna; Hemberger, Laura; Khait, Valerie – Written Communication, 2016
In most assessments of students' argumentive writing and in most research on the topic, students write on topics for which they have no specific prior preparation. We examined development in the argumentive writing urban middle school students did as part of a two-year dialogic-based intervention in which students engaged deeply with a series of…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Middle School Students, Student Development
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Mills, Kathy A.; Exley, Beryl – Written Communication, 2014
Theorists of multiliteracies, social semiotics, and the New Literacy Studies have drawn attention to the potential changing nature of writing and literacy in the context of networked communications. This article reports findings from a design-based research project in Year 4 classrooms (students aged 8.5-10 years) in a low socioeconomic status…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Multiple Literacies, Writing (Composition), Writing Instruction
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Beauvais, Lucie; Favart, Monik; Passerault, Jean-Michel; Beauvais, Caroline – Written Communication, 2014
We investigated changes across grades in the cognitive demands associated with the organizing subprocess of writing. A total of 85 fifth (age M = 10.8), 88 seventh (age M = 12.9), and 79 ninth (age M = 14.6) graders composed either a procedural text or an expository description on a digital tablet, on the basis of a "scrambled ideas"…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grade 7, Grade 9, Writing Processes
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O'Hallaron, Catherine L. – Written Communication, 2014
This article reports instruction supporting the development of fifth grade English learners' argumentative writing in an English language arts setting. Arguments analyzed for the study were produced by the same students on two occasions, roughly 3 months apart. In the first instance, students discussed the source text in detail, but were given no…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Writing Instruction, Grade 5, Elementary School Students
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2013
Writing studies has been an intellectual playground dominated by the "big kids." If we are to understand how writing becomes "relevant" to children as children, then we must study them, not for who they are becoming, but for who they are in life spaces shared with other children. This essay on the methodology entailed in…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Childrens Writing, Researchers, Data Collection
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McCarthey, Sarah J. – Written Communication, 2008
The study uses Foucault's framework of governmentality to understand the impact of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on teachers' writing instruction and attitudes toward writing in high- and low-income schools. Using interviews and observations of 18 teachers, the study identified four themes: emphasis on testing, curricular effects, awareness of…
Descriptors: Socioeconomic Status, Socioeconomic Influences, Federal Legislation, Limited English Speaking
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2002
This article offers a theoretical account of school literacy development that foregrounds the symbolic and social resources of childhood cultures. Drawing upon ethnographic data collected in an urban school site, this article illustrates how the playful childhood practices of a small group of young school children shaped their entry into school…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Writing (Composition), Ethnography, Young Children