Capstone/Dissertation Title

Mini-lessons in revision to support the writing growth of primary grade students

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed is, what do mini-lessons in revision look like that will support the writing growth of primary grade students? This capstone investigates the role revision plays in the writing process, what age to begin teaching revision, the strategies writers can be expected to revise for, and what types of work to revise. The Understanding by Design curriculum model was used to create mini-lessons in revision intended to be taught within a process oriented environment by means of Bereiter and Scardamalia's Compare, Diagnose, Operate method and procedural facilitation. The mini-lessons address what beginning writers will require to build a foundation of skills in revision. Rubrics and checklists are included as assessment tools. A mini-lesson template is available to aide in developing new lessons as students' writing abilities require additional support.

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