Date Approved

8-11-2017

Embargo Period

8-11-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Second Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Third Advisor

Lee, Valarie

Subject(s)

Peer teaching; Writers' workshops

Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to determine how long-term partnerships will support second grade students during Writing Workshop. The specific goals of the study are to examine the effects long-term partnerships utilized during Writing Workshop will have on both student achievement and student engagement. Student interviews pre and post study, student writing, along with weekly student reflections were analyzed. The group of students who were the focus of the study demonstrated increased engagement when participating in Writing Workshop. The students also demonstrated increased writing proficiency throughout the duration of the study. The benefits of utilizing long-term peer partnerships during Writing Workshop are considered.

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