Identifying Writing Errors Made by Primary School Students in Different Writing Genres: A Case Study

Volume 6 Issue 2
Huriye YİĞİT GÜNAY Şerife Dilek BOYACI
Pages: 64-83 Download Count : 470 View Count: 842 DOI Number 10.55236/tuara.1346810 Facebook Share on Google+ Save to Zotero Save to Mendeley


The aim of this study was to determine the writing errors made by primary school students in different text types in Turkish lessons. Research was conducted at all grade levels of a primary school in Harran, Şanlıurfa in the 2021–2022 academic year2021–2022. Data were collected through written documents obtained from 90 students in the form of written text, 116 students in the form of dictation, 71 students in the form of free written text, and 81 students in the form of writing based on comprehension, a writing error evaluation form, and a semi-structured interview form from 8 teachers. The data were analyzed using descriptive analysis. Because of the research, it was observed that students mostly had difficulty in free writing and writing texts based on comprehension in Turkish lessons compared with other writing genres at all grade levels. In the problems related to writing errors, writing of letters with extensions and confusing similar letters were observed in the first grade, not paying attention to the lines and indentation in the second grade, not leaving appropriate spaces between words and sentences in the third grade, and spelling and punctuation errors in general in the fourth grade. Teachers’ opinions on the errors made in text types, what kind of errors were made at the grade level, and how to eliminate these errors were shared. Teachers generally stated that students could make writing mistakes in all text types and that they had more difficulty in free writing and comprehension-based writing at all grade levels. Because of the study, it was recommended that students should perform regular writing activities to address writing errors, increase family support to overcome writing difficulties, popularize writing activities, and use writing activities such as keeping a diary


  • Turkish lesson
  • writing skills
  • writing errors
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