After using SQ Write for only 10 weeks of instruction, statistically significant gains were demonstrated in total words written, multiple paragraph usage, use of transitional phrases to introduce body topics, use of a compound thesis sentence, use of three body paragraphs, inclusion of specific data and evidence to support body paragraphs, and a multi-sentence conclusion paragraph.
"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” -- Common Core State Standards Initiative
After using SQ Write for only 12 weeks of instruction, statistically significant gains were demonstrated in Total Words Written, multiple paragraph usage, multi-sentence introductory paragraphs, multi-sentence concluding paragraphs, transitional phrases to introduce body topics, and more robust thesis sentences. Implications for improvements in mainstream student writing are discussed.
Executive functions are neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation. In essence, they are processes that relate to managing oneself and one’s resources in order to achieve a goal (Cooper-Kahn & Dietzel, 2008). Executive functions highly influence the writing process and, ultimately, a written product (Kellogg, 1996).