Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Whitfield

Second Advisor

Dr. Stephen Keith

Third Advisor

Dr. Timothy Landrum


The effect that teaching organizational writing skills via the use of comic strips has on the writing skills of a fourth grade boy with a learning disability in written expression was examined to determine the effectiveness. The Written Expression, Level II subtest of the Peabody Individual Achievement Test Revised was used as the standardized measure. The post-intervention standard score on this measure increased 11 points and raised the percentile rank from 25 to 53. Four additional measures of evaluation were used. These results showed that the use of the comic strip format increased total word production an average of 35.5%, which was significant at the .10 level, the percentage of correctly sequenced words increased an average of 49.4%, which was statistically significant at the .05 level, and correctly sequenced sentences increased by 26.04%, which is significant at the .10 level. The essays were also evaluated for the presence of a topic and summary sentence and both were represented in each post-intervention essay.



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