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The purpose of this project was to examine current research on the writing process, to identify major aspects of an effective writing program, and then to design and implement a writing program for at-risk adolescents which encompasses these major aspects. It was found that the development of writing abilities involves the combination of personal style, cognitive development, involvement in the process, and writing instruction. A description of effective classroom instruction, which involves encouraging rather than pushing or pressuring students, is given. Voice, an important element in writing is explored and woven into the program. The writing aspects of topic selection, shared writing, guided writing, writing conferences, independent writing and sharing were implemented with the writing of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Jeanne McLain Harms


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