Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa


This paper will explain the overall trend of worsening writing abilities in the past twenty years of education. The purpose of the paper is to analyze this downward trend, examine different methodologies for teaching writing, and propose solutions on how to better approach writing instruction. The challenges with teaching writing range from the difficulty of getting technology absorbed students to focus on one task for a long period of time to also the problem of giving each student individual feedback on their work – an essential element of writing instruction. The research reviewed shows this downward trend in writing assessment data, and in amount of time spent on writing instruction. The literature reviewed suggests that strategies-based writing instruction is effective with learners of all grade levels, and also effective with low-income and minority students.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis