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1Running head: Getting to Know the Literacy Learner, Part 2Getting to Know the Literacy Learner – Part 2The Developing WriterModule 2 Assignment 2Brittany WeaverWalden UniversityDonna BialachREAD 6727 – Reading and Literacy Growth, Grades 4-6March 17, 2017
8Getting to Know the Literacy Learner, Part 2Reading and writing are interdependent pieces of literacy. “Reading and writing skills develop simultaneously and are interconnected. Progress in one fuels development of the other” (Mayer, 2007, p. 34) Therefore, it makes sense that Cade’s stage of reading and his stage of writing are closely connected. The Writer Self-Perception Scale showed that overall he perceiveshimself as a good writer, strongly agreeing that his writing has improved since the beginning of the school year. Although confident in his own abilities, he was unsure regarding how his writingcompares with that of his peers. Cade expressed that he likes how writing makes him feel. This shows me that although he has some areas of weakness in his writing ability, he will have a willingness to work on improving his skills. I would describe Cade as an early-intermediate writer. This determination is based on evidence in his writing sample (Appendix A). This writing was based on reading two informativetexts about Mars exploration. Students had a wealth of information supporting both sides of a debate on whether or not billions of dollars should continue to be spent exploring Mars, or if thatmoney could be better spent here on Earth. In this opinion essay, Cade does well clearly communicating his opinion. Due to his use of words such as “waste,” his audience is not left wondering how he feels about the given topic. He has strong voice in his writing. I can almost hear him as I read this, as the tone of the writing his most definitely Cade’s style. As compared with another fourth-grade opinion writing (Appendix B), Cade’s was lacking regarding the depth of his ideas and organization. As an advanced writer, the author of the sample essay provides extensive reasoning to support his or her opinion. The essay reads on a more sophisticated level due to the use of higher-level vocabulary and more fluent sentence structure. Although Cade’s