The Effects of Comprehensive Text Structure Strategy Instruction on Students' Ability to Revise Persuasive Essays

The Effects of Comprehensive Text Structure Strategy Instruction on Students' Ability to Revise Persuasive Essays

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of a comprehensive persuasive writing intervention based on the characteristics of the text structure on the persuasive writing of 8th graders. Students were randomly assigned to two treatments: Practice group and Procedural Facilitation group. Both of the groups received treatment in planning and revising persuasive essays. The writing of the students in the Procedural Facilitation treatment group was supported by implementing a free-writing drafting strategy during planning and by providing procedural facilitation for use during revision. Students' pre-test and post-test essays were scored for overall persuasiveness and elements of persuasive discourse. The hypothesis that the instruction in the Procedural Facilitation condition would be more effective in helping students to increase the overall persuasiveness of their essays and ability to include well-developed persuasive elements were not supported by the results of the study. However, across the conditions, significant increases in the participants' performance from pre-test to post-test were observed on both dependent measures, indicating the effectiveness of both types of instruction used during the intervention. In addition, the results indicated the students' ability to produce well-developed elements of persuasive discourse was influenced by the topic of the prompt. Limitations and implications for practice are discussed.At the end of the implementation, the children wrote a persuasive essay, where they were to respond to a moral dilemma described in a short story. ... Sixth grade students with learning disabilities in a single-subject design study (Graham aamp; Harris, 1989b) were taught a ... the reasons to support that position reinforced with examples, examine their reasons in relation to whether these reasons would 67.


Title:The Effects of Comprehensive Text Structure Strategy Instruction on Students' Ability to Revise Persuasive Essays
Author: Ekaterina Midgette
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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