A study of fifth grade composition : [an honors thesis (HONRS 499)]
The purposes of this study were twofold. The first was to study the written composition of a group of children, using the experimental Elementary English curriculum materials of the University of Nebraska as a guide in making the creative writing assignments. The second was to study the language the children used in their written compositions and to compare the structures found to the findings of Walter D. Loban in his study, The Language of Elementary School Children. These structures included basic sentence patterns, frequency of occurrence of these patterns, and evidence of use of variables, or movables, in the sentence structure. Evidence of mazes, omitted words and communication units were also studied.