Thesis Title

The Investigation of Writing Topic, Type and Style Choices of the 1981 Southwest Missouri State University Young Authors

Date of Graduation

Spring 1982

Degree

Master of Science in Education in Literacy

Department

Reading, Foundations and Technology

Committee Chair

James Layton

Subject Categories

Other Education

Abstract

This investigation studied the difference between the choice of topic, type and style in children's writing and grade levels. The sample of the study consisted of 84 students in grades one through six in southwest Missouri whose manuscripts were selected for the 1981 Young Authors' Conference at Southwest Missouri State University. Three research questions were asked. The conclusions drawn from this investigation are as follows: 1. Children in grades one through six tend to prefer animals (real or humanized) as a writing topic. 2. Children in grades one through six tend to utilize fiction as a writing type more often. 3. The main writing style preference for children in grades one through six were adventure and fantasy. Although the findings of this investigation are not conclusive in establishing the preference by grade level of topic type and style choice, information indicated that students in grades one through six do show preferences in choosing topic, type and style in their writing.

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© M. June Turner

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