HOW TO CREATE AUTHENTIC WRITING IN THE CLASSROOM: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF AMERICAN AND SWEDISH PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS

Open Access
Author:
Curran, Katherine Elizabeth
Area of Honors:
Secondary Education
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Angiline Louisa Whitney, Thesis Supervisor
  • Angiline Louisa Whitney, Honors Advisor
  • Jamie Myers, Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • teaching strategies
  • authentic writing
  • public school
  • Sweden
  • America
Abstract:
The basis of my query into authentic writing stems from my personal experiences as a writer; however, my findings focus on my personal experiences as a teacher of writing. I have been fortunate enough in my undergraduate pre-service teaching, to experience American classroom culture as well as the environment in Swedish classrooms. This good fortune has led me to record and compile my experiences as a teacher of writing in both countries to consider cultural differences and also to discover universal commonalities in the classroom. My aim is to uncover teaching strategies that will improve student writing in every sense: the desire to write, the enjoyment of writing, the act of revision, and the final product. Using the theories of authors Penny Kittle and Jim Burke, I encourage individual expression, freedom of structure and exercise care and attention towards my students in order to achieve success in each of these four categories in my classrooms in America and Sweden.