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Manuscript Writing Standards


by Edith U. Conard 1929

SINCE manuscript writing is now becoming more generally known and taught in the schools, there has arisen a general demand for adequate standards in this type of writing to be used by teachers as a basis of judgment in rating the work of their classes. Therefore, in making the standards for manuscript writing described in this article the aim was to select samples of writing from the first grade up through the grades, showing qualities of writing ranging from the poorest type made by a first grade child to the best type made by an upper grade child. When this study was planned originally, few children above the fourth grade were writing manuscript. But as further samples have been obtained the range has been increased. The value of such standards will be their practical worth in aiding children or teachers to see definite progressive steps in quality of manuscript writing. These standards should also be of value in helping to set up a criterion by which to judge the quality of manuscript writing of individuals in the classroom. In considering standards for manuscript writing, it is the general opinion at the present time that it is wiser to give samples showing improvement from year to year than to establish a specific standard for each grade. The samples of writing from the lower grades represent both improvement from year to year and improvement within the year.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 30 Number 7, 1929, p. 669-680
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 5638, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:54:05 PM

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