Date Approved

7-23-2018

Embargo Period

7-25-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Abraham, Stephanie

Second Advisor

Browne, Susan

Subject(s)

Creative writing (Elementary education); Language arts (Elementary)

Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine how first graders respond to and perform within the writing workshop model. The workshop model is used during the writing of fiction pieces. One goal of this study was to determine how the students would respond to choosing their own topics. A second goal of this study was to determine if students would be successful in composing fiction pieces through the use of this model. The third goal of this study was to determine if there would be gender differences within the choice of topic. The findings showed that the students were enthusiastic about choosing their own topics, most were successful composing fiction pieces, and there were gender differences in the topics chosen.

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