Improving ELLs' writing skills through action research
The purpose of this action research study was to examine how writing was taught to ELLs in a mainstream first grade classroom. This study focused on word choice, which is one of the traits used in the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing. Action research was used to explore teaching methods related to vocabulary instruction. Students participated in small group instruction that included short vocabulary lessons. The main findings were: 1) ELLs benefit from pre-teaching instruction of vocabulary words that are related to literature. 2) Students benefit when the teacher limits the amount of vocabulary words that are taught. My conclusion is that differentiation in the mainstream classroom contributes to students' improvement of writing skills.
Larsen, Jennifer, "Improving ELLs' writing skills through action research" (2009). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 385.