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Culturally Mediated Writing Instruction for Adolescent English Language Learners

By: Leslie Patterson, Carol Wickstrom, Juan Araujo
Date: August 1, 2011

Summary: This study, undertaken by the North Star of Texas Writing Project, demonstrates the effectiveness of culturally mediated writing instruction to professional development. The study found that such professional development is more likely to have positive effects on students when it is ongoing and when participating teachers receive follow-up support as they implement what they learned.


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One of the greatest challenges facing U.S. middle and high school teachers is the need to improve academic success among English language learner (ELL) students. Both the high school dropout rate and the college-enrollment rate provide compelling evidence of this need. This report documents one attempt to meet this challenge, a National Writing Project advanced institute focused on improving academic writing among adolescent English learners. The institute engaged teacher-consultants in exploring and implementing "culturally mediated writing instruction" (CMWI), a set of research-based principles and practices. The ultimate goal was to improve students' academic writing, but this report also documents the diverse and sometimes-surprising ways that these teachers integrated CMWI into their classrooms.

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