Capstone/Dissertation Title

The interdisciplinary integration of writing strategies: a middle school case study

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2008

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Abstract

This qualitative study was designed to investigate the relationship between content area teachers and their use of writing strategies at the middle school level. The case study included research about writing methods and resources, interviews with members of an interdisciplinary team of teachers, as well as document analysis of state standards and local curricula. Interviews and documents were analyzed for their use of demonstrative and exploratory genres, instruction and use of the writing process, and writing assessment. The results of the study suggest the need for continued training and discussion around the writing process and assessment methods (e.g. the 6+1 Traits Writing model), and the creation of a shared handbook to offer teachers tools, templates, and a shared vocabulary to teach writing across the content areas.

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