Term

Spring 5-13-2016

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Karen Moroz

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Christina Dickinson

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Allison Koester

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was how does a balanced literacy program that includes word study promote application of spelling skills within elementary students’ independent writing? It documents the implementation of effective word study components within an elementary setting. The action research project included whole group lessons, followed by guided practice using interactive writing and writing conferences, and also individualized, hands-on, independent word work. These strategies were based off of the research of Fountas and Pinnell and the resource Word Matters (2001). Through the implementation of these components the author developed a deeper understanding of effective word study strategies that promote implementation during independent writing.

Research Methodology

Action Research

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