Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Lynne Einbender

Abstract

The following writing curriculum is intended for students aged 8-12 years old in a 12:1, self-contained special education classroom setting. Through journal writing instruction, this curriculum aims to provide support to students struggling with foundational writing skills. These skills include: topic selection, stamina, organization, awareness of audience and sentence clarity. This unit’s theoretical foundation is grounded by the core components of a Writers Workshop model, the belief in developing social and oral language skills as a pre-writing tool and the importance of providing writing opportunities that incorporate choice in both topic and response format in order to increase motivation and independence for struggling writers. The final section of this unit contains the learning objectives, writing objectives and socio-emotional goals of this unit. It also provides descriptions of each of the lessons that comprise the unit, along with opportunities for differentiation and assessment within each lesson. Overall, this curriculum will strengthen students’ overall writing abilities and communication skills.

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