Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1997

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Gregory S. Chan

Second Committee Member

Steven A. Schmitz

Third Committee Member

Jack L. McPherson


The purpose of this project was to design and develop a manual of writing techniques that could be used in kindergarten and first grade classrooms, in order to increase reading achievement. To accomplish this, current research and literature on emergent literacy, reading, writing, and communication was reviewed. Additionally, information and selected materials from selected schools and school districts related to the utilization of writing techniques to improve reading skills was obtained and analyzed.