How does the use of family journals in a third grade classroom affect students' writing ability and do they address the writing needs of English language learners, as well as learners below, at and above grade level?
The use of family journals is examined in a third grade classroom conducted in a small suburban elementary school. The study focuses on four third grade students at various levels of academic development ranging from above grade level at grade level below grade level and one who is a second language learner. The results will support the use of family journals in the classroom and the gains it has on students' writing. The findings will show that the use of family journals enhance the growth of student writing in terms of understanding the friendly letter format, clarity, fluency, mechanics, and development of the student author's voice.