Capstone/Dissertation Title

Writing at the Elementary Level: What English Learners are Expected to Write and How They Are Graded

Term

Fall 12-11-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Bonnie Swierzbin

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Julia Reimer

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Erin Loughran

Abstract

This study sought to discover what writing English Learners were expected to produce in their mainstream classrooms and how those assignments were graded. Writing assignments from three third grade classrooms were collected and analyzed to discover what genres, language forms, and structures students were expected to produce. The results of the analysis found that the majority of the writing assignments fell under the genre of responses with the specific purpose of students responding to books read in class. The results also show that the assignment instructions focused mainly on what specific content students needed to include and much less on the language structures needed in order to complete the assignments.

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