You are cordially invited: a study of forming a literacy club through reading like a writer using organized inquiry with high-school students





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In Wondrous Words (recommended by the Minnesota Writing Project), Katie Wood Ray discusses her research in reading like a writer using organized inquiry in order to form a Literacy Club in the classroom. Ray's research (inspired in part by the work of Frank Smith's the Literacy Club: Further Essays into Education) was conducted using elementary students however, this research determines if her methods also work with the high-school students. For one twelve-week trimester, juniors and seniors in elective classes experimented with her technique of reading like a writer through organized inquiry. Methods used for the study included post-it-notes in essays, surveys, and organized inquiry activities. After taking part in the research, most students showed gains in their abilities and formed more effective writing communities.

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