Graduation Year


Graduation Month


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts – Education


Education – Elementary Education

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Georgia Cobbs


Curriculum Design, Writing, Foundational Writing Skills, Applied Research, Peer Editing, Second Grade

Subject Categories

Elementary Education


The purpose of my research project was to design a second-grade writing curriculum focused on developing foundational writing skills. Utilizing backwards curriculum design methods (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) I developed a six-week writing curriculum that integrated the Schaffer paragraph writing method (Roybal, 2012), pre-planning, and peer editing. To construct this curriculum plan I designed my learning goals, assessments, and lessons that would teach the three writing strategies. I employed a pre and post-test style of assessment and analyzed each student’s growth by comparing their two writing artifacts. Growth was measured based off of students’ capitalization, punctuation, and organization. The purpose of the pre and post assessment was to measure student’s growth towards their learning goals, as well as represent the effectiveness of the writing curriculum. This applied research project highlights the significance of curriculum design and the effectiveness of the Shaffer paragraph model, pre-planning, and peer editing on building foundational writing skills in second-grade students.

Honors College Research Project


GLI Capstone Project




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