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DOESTE is a developmental corpus of texts written by school-age children and adolescents, monolingual speakers of Brazilian Portuguese, enrolled in different public schools of Rio Grande do Norte Brazilian State. The writers are students in 5th grade (n=118) and 9th grade (n=31) of elementary school, and in 12th grade (n=235) of secondary school. The texts have been collected since 2017. Obtained by a cross-sectional method, Corpus DOESTE is composed by 324 texts, evenly split in narrative (n=162) and argumentative (n=162) registers. Each student wrote a narrative and an argumentative text from two different writing tasks, as described below:
Narrative task: Tell a remarkable event (real or imagined) that you and your best friend experienced during your last vacation.
Argumentative Task: Do you think social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Windows Live Space, etc.) are important today? Write a text to be published on the school blog where you express your opinion about social networks. In this text you must say whether you are for or against the existence of social networks. Don't forget to justify your opinion!
Corpus DOESTE is developed by Educational Linguistics Research Group (LEd), based at the Federal University of the Semiarid Region, and regarding Brazilian law, DOESTE was approved by the Research Ethics Committee (CAAE approval 80135317.0.0000.5294).
How to cite this corpus: MARTINS, Mário et al. Corpus DOESTE: a developmental corpus of school writing. Federal University of the Semiarid Region, 2019. Available online at http://teitok.clul.ul.pt/doeste/. Accessed on [date].