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The Learning Conference 2003

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Writing Identity into the Classroom

Sarah McCarthey.

The purpose of the study was to examine how fourth and fifth grade students who are acquiring English as a second language, English Language Learners (ELL), constructed their identities as literacy learners, with a specific emphasis upon writing. By investigating these students' development as writers our findings further our understanding of English Language Learners' writing development, identity construction, and instructional and contextual factors that support their school achievement.


Sarah McCarthey  (United States)
Associate Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sarah McCarthey's research is in the area of children's writing, identity construction, and classroom practices.She has pubished three books and over 20 articles in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, and AERJ. She teaches courses in children's writing and language arts practices.

  • Writing
  • Identity
  • English Language Learners
  • Literacy

(30 min Conference Paper, English)