Cooperative writing with embedded multimedia

Schools can improve writing outcomes for elementary school children by using a writing process approach that combines cooperative learning with video demonstrations, say Robert Slavin and Nancy Madden 

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN WRITING IS one of the most important of all objectives in elementary school. The ability to express ideas and tell stories in writing, to write for various audiences and in many genres, is essential in itself and is a basis for success in middle school, high school, and beyond. Yet many children do not learn to write well. This is especially true of disadvantaged and minority students, whose writing performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, though improving, remains far below that of white and middle class students.

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February 2011