Capstone/Dissertation Title

Reaching every writer: writer's workshop and differentiation in a writing curriculum

Term

2011

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Abstract

The research question addressed is: How can writers' workshop and differentiated instruction be combined in a writing curriculum to teach all learners of varying abilities? The goal was to create a short story writing curriculum that resulted in meaningful learning experiences and produced quantifiable gains in writing ability for all students, including those in the upper and lower levels of initial writing ability. A review of the literature available on writers' workshop and differentiation provided the necessary guidance. The curriculum was tested on a group of students in a junior high creative writing class using the action research model. Data was evaluated using a mixed methods approach, using both quantitative and qualitative data from a pre-test and post-test to determine the effectiveness of the curriculum. The data showed that the struggling and gifted writers in the class showed quantifiable gains in writing ability as a result of the curriculum.

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