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Teaching Foundational Skills to Help Students Become Effective Writers

  • Topics

    Writing > Foundational Skills > Overview & Tools
  • Grade Level

    Intermediate (4-6), Primary (K-3)

  • Author

    Doing What Works

This recommended practice focuses on providing instruction on foundational writing skills, such as handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing, and word processing. This presentation describes how to help students become fluent in these foundational skills, allowing them to focus more on developing and communicating their ideas. This recommended practice includes three tools, which can help teachers reflect on their current practice in teaching sentence construction and for planning lessons using mentor texts