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Research on Struggling Young Writers

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I must confess I only read the abstract of this research article, "Improving the Writing, Knowledge, and Motivation of Struggling Young Writers," featured on the American Educational Research Association site.

And the abstract, which includes a definition of "self-regulated strategy development," or SRSD, was a bit too jargon heavy for my non-researcher sensibilities.

But one sentence in the abstract might entice you to read the article. It says that SRSD "had a positive impact on the writing performance and knowledge of struggling second-grade writers attending urban schools serving a high percentage of low-income families."

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There's one particular bit of research I really want to read, but can't find anywhere: We are in state testing here in Alaska, where students have to write on prompts already chosen and they must pass the test for graduation. Why do some students refuse to write thoroughly on prompts, even after plenty of instruction and practice? Sometimes, for some students, it is just too much writing and they won't do it, even for this high-stakes test. What do we do?

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