Background: Although emotional benefits and general writing improvement have been shown to be benefits of creative writing, its effectiveness in relation to expository writing skills has not been clearly established through research. Methods: This study was conducted with two groups of middle school students at a rural middle school in Illinois. One group received ten creative writing interventions over a month and the other group continued with normal instruction. The goal was to discover if these interventions would improve students’ expository writing skills as well as their attitude towards and confidence in writing. Results: The data showed that although the experimental group did not improve significantly in either area, the control group did. However, breaking down the essay scores into categories shows that the results could have been affected by the rubric that was used. Conclusion: Overall, the study showed that more research is necessary in order to determine what type of creative writing intervention is most effective for strengthening expository writing skills.
"Essential or Optional? Effects of Creative Writing on Expository Skills and Attitude in Middle School Students,"
ELAIA: Vol. 4, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.olivet.edu/elaia/vol4/iss1/8