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Teachers Network Leadership Institute:
Wyoming Teacher Policy Institute
Susan Pannell, Hot Springs High School, Thermopolis, WY

Research Project:  
A look at the correlation between student reading and writing.
To recap my project, I am compiling information on my students from the fall semester (2001) 11th grade English classes. The goal of my research is to identify and examine a link between students who enjoy reading, and read independently, and the writing skills of those same students. Of the 41 students I taught during this period, I was able to collect data on 22. However, based on my knowledge and professional observations, I did manage to obtain permission from a fairly representative cross-section of my students in regards to student ability and interest.

Currently, my data is compiled in my classroom. To date, it consists of two student surveys covering reading interests and reading techniques. I also have a broad sample of writing from each student. This includes a reading journal, which is a less formal writing style and which also provides insight into the students' response to reading the selected novel. I have collected a response paper that will serve as an example of writing skills along with reading comprehension. The last piece of evidence is the final research paper each student was required to complete at the end of the semester. This is a more complicated and formal style of writing that exhibits the students' abilities in writing and analysis.

As yet, I have not had the opportunity to completely review all data and apply it to my research goals. However, when I am finished, I plan to submit my findings to my fellow teachers and to my administrators. I believe it will support the need for a more cohesive and comprehensive approach to student reading, K-12, in our district.


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