In conclusion, note what Barbara Stubbs, a teacher of low-ability seventh and eight graders in New Jersey, has said of the nature of this text and its benefits:
“It worksthe whole thing. . . . It’s so systematic it’s easy. . . . The students approach each writing task with confidence. . . . They know how to correct their own work. . . . After twelve chapters, they write not only with maturity but also with sophistication. . . . I would never return to the old way of teaching.”
*This article reports on a study in which there was a 59% improvement in “overall writing competence” (as judged by the criteria of the Test of Written Language 2, a nationally normed test) in the differences in post- over pretest scores of 15-minute writing samples of 9 slightly learning disabled 7th graders. The students had completed 10 chapters over 6 months. The improvement was significant at the .02 level of confidencethat is, there was only 1 chance in 50 that it was not due to this instruction.