The Effects of a Peer-Delivered Writing Planning Intervention for Struggling Fifth Graders

Matthias Grünke


Good writing skills are vital to success in school and, later, in the workplace. However, many elementary and
secondary students fail to invest sufficient time and effort in planning what they want to write and, consequently,
produce texts of inferior quality. One approach to help struggling children and adolescents acquire effective writing
planning abilities is called story-mapping. In this single-case study, the story-mapping method was applied in a
peer-tutorial setting to help three low-achieving fifth graders brainstorm their ideas and organize their thoughts prior
to composing a narrative. During the course of the intervention, all tutees were able to significantly increase the
number of words that they generated to write their texts. The study demonstrated that peer-tutoring can be
successfully implemented to combat deficiencies in writing planning skills and help struggling students to improve
their performance in a meaningful way.

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World Journal of Education
ISSN 1925-0746(Print)  ISSN 1925-0754(Online)

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