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Keywords

Creative writing (Elementary education); Figures of speech -- Study and teaching (Elementary); Vocabulary -- Study and teaching (Elementary);

Abstract

The effects of immersion in a climate of words and subsequent use of descriptive words and figures of speech in student writing was investigated in a Grade 6 language arts classroom. Five students were exposed to a climate of words for six weeks. The hypothesis was made that a climate of words in the classroom will have an effect on students' writing. The same common prompt essay assignment was given at the beginning and end of the six weeks, and the number of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, sensory words, and figures of speech were compared. All the students showed an increase in the use of these words. Even though too few subjects were available for statistically verifiable data, this investigation can serve as a precursor to a more rigorous study involving a larger sample and a control group to better analyze the impact of the climate of words on student writing.

Year of Submission

1997

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Department

Division of Education

First Advisor

Mary J. Selke

Second Advisor

William Waack

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Date Original

1997

Object Description

1 PDF file (35 leaves)

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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