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Description of Fifth Grade Teachers' Strategies for Teaching Writing
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The purpose of this study is to describe writing strategies and skills taught by fifth grade teachers at schools that achieved Adequate Yearly Progress and statistically had very similar test scores (at least 90% of fifth grade students scored in Category 2 or Category 3 on the NAWE writing test). This paper describes the methods of teaching writing that are used by the fifth grade teachers in schools demonstrating success in writing achievement and then compares the teachers’ methods of teaching writing to those supported by leading researchers in the field. The goal of this thesis is to identify common themes of writing instruction of fifth grade teachers as well as issues or concerns that should be addressed. My hope is that this will aid other fifth grade teachers in the future by identifying potential issues in writing instruction for fifth grade teachers to confront before they become problematic.