Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Educational Leadership


This research study's purpose is to interpret and describe the extent in which children define, and value the Six Analytical Traits of Writing within their own work. Data was collected through several sources; observational notes, pre and post surveys, writing group activities and self scored pieces of writing. The research question guiding this study was do children understand and what do they find valuable in relation to the Six Analytical Traits of Writing. Sixth grade students who participated in the study completed assignments over a nine week study and were observed in several different situations. The data analyzed found children were able to define each trait by the end of the study; mainly in generalities. Only a few children demonstrated the ability to internalize the traits and use them in discussing their work. The majority of the children were unable to communication how the traits were applied in their writing effectively. They also were unable to convey specifically how they evaluated their writing. This was supported by the data from the surveys. Hence, the traits were not internalized for many students.


A Thesis Presented to the Teacher Education Department and the Faculty of Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Sara B. Kriesel-Hall July, 1997