Open Access Graduate Research Paper
English language--Composition and exercises--Study and teaching (Elementary); Creative writing (Elementary education)
This action research project describes the thinking of five third grade students of varied writing achievement at the moment of writing. Using a theoretical model of writing (Sharples; 1999), student interviews, work samples, and a teacher journal, this study suggests that young writers' primary concern is getting new ideas for their text, whether while just beginning to draft, or after running out of ideas before the writing is completed. This study offers suggestions about how teachers can address this concern, and how teachers might extend the thinking of young writers in order to help scaffold more complex thinking about writing in their students.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Deborah L. Tidwell
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c2007 Steve Peterson
Peterson, Steve, "Understanding children's thinking at the moment of writing" (2007). Graduate Research Papers. 1329.