Title

Authentic Grammar Curriculum: Can a broadcast news program improve student learning?

Date of Award

Winter 12-20-2018

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Dr. Mike Coquyt

Keywords

elementary; grammar; curriculum; authentic; writing; news

Abstract

Research shows that teaching writing through authentic projects can better engage and motivate students compared to direct instruction. Third-graders in this study were taught how to improve their writing through a broadcast news project. Students wrote a weekly news script, produced a news broadcast, and shared it with their elementary peers. Students took a standardized test after working with the project for two months. They showed growth in their language arts skills. Students also felt they grew in their sense of classroom community was enhanced through the project. The positive data and student engagement in this project supports using authentic projects in elementary classrooms.

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