Author(s)

Shelley Kole

Date Approved

8-17-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.T. Teaching

Department

Teacher Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Lee, Valarie

Subject(s)

Language arts (Elementary);Composition (Language arts)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to investigate what happened when writing notebooks are implemented in a first-grade regular education classroom. Writing notebooks were used along with the Writer's Workshop curriculum in which students learned how to revise, edit, and use professional literature as examples for writing techniques. Qualitative inquiry strategies such as student surveys, student written work, and observations were used to collect data. The data revealed that the students gained an ownership of their writing notebooks which enabled students to take risks in their writing and led to an increased motivation and interest among students to write. Implications for teaching students who are still developing their writing abilities while using writing notebooks are discussed.

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