Paper Type

Master's Thesis


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education in Elementary Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. William Herrold

Second Advisor

Dr. Donna Keenan

Third Advisor

Dr. James Mittelstadt


Learning to write their own words increases students' success in learning to read, provides practice in thinking skills, increases their self-concept and provides early positive attitudes about writing.

However, most writing done in first grade classrooms today consists mainly of copying from the blackboard. This is a tedious and boring task for first graders, and gives them bad attitudes about writing as they begin their school careers. Many teachers don't require young students to write their own words because of the students' inability to spell words and form grammatically correct sentences. However, if a teacher is accepting of the students' imperfect spelling and grammar, the students will feel free to express their thoughts on paper.

This project provides a year long curriculum design along with the activities necessary to teach first grade students to write creatively.