Date Approved

3-5-2018

Embargo Period

3-8-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Second Advisor

Abraham, Stephanie

Third Advisor

Kedley, Kate

Subject(s)

Composition (Language arts)--Study and teaching (Elementary)

Disciplines

Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to investigate what happens when teachers replace traditional grammar instruction methods with small group guided instruction focused on a set of vocabulary terms used in writing. The vocabulary terms represent the key qualities of writing; the terms for teachers and students is word choice, ideas, conventions, organization, voice, sentence fluency, role, audience, format, and topic. This study aims to learn more about this topic by investigating how using a shared vocabulary during writing instruction in a fourth grade classroom will engage students longer to improve their writing through the writing process.

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