The effects of drawing versus discussion as prewriting activities in order to increase writing applications, strategies and conventions

This study compares the effects of two prewriting activities, drawing and discussion, on the quality of writing applications, strategies and conventions in narrative writing of twenty second grade students over 12 weeks. A repeated measures design was used and data included: teacher/student charts, mini lessons, interviews and attitude scales, charts along with a post treatment writing sample with each activity. Drawing and discussion are both excellent strategies for improving writing. However it was concluded that there was significantly more improvement in writing when students had an opportunity to draw before writing. Key Words: prewriting, drawing, discussion, narratives, writing applications, writing strategies, conventions Item only available to the CSUSM community. Authentication with campus user name and password required.