Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Research: Types of Writing and Their Ratings

Question: Are all types of writing rated the same in essay tests?

Answer: “Among seventh graders, found that the mean scores for narrative writing were significantly higher than scores in descriptive, expository and persuasive writing.” PH Kegley. 1984.p. 196.

Comment: It’s important to know the kind of writing needed for a particular writing sample. Whereas I never worked much on narratives, and focused on expository writing, I might now, in light of this finding, spend more time on narrative writing. I note that the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) uses narrative, expository and persuasive writing. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1985), pp. 183-204.

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