Capstone Project Title
In an effort to impact second-grade student writing, the vehicle of morning work was utilized as a pre-existing opportunity to incorporate research-based best practices in writing. To frame this project, the capstone question was asked, “How can morning work be used to improve second-grade student writing skills?” This capstone set out to identify the practices that would yield the best results in a small amount of time and found that authentic, contextual writing experiences would support this goal. While explicit skill instruction is important, authentic writing experiences allow students to, not only practice writing, but also understand and use grammar, spelling, and handwriting in context, rather than isolation. The resulting project provides additional writing practice in the form of morning work that makes connections between specific skills and authentic writing contexts. Thoughtful reflection highlights project strengths, as well as perspectives for future application.
Curriculum, Literacy, Writing
Nelson-Dittmann, Catherine, "Improving Writing Skills Through the Use of Morning Work in the Second-Grade Classroom" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 503.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects