Writing

Explore resources designed to improve writing instruction in elementary school.

Explore the subtopics below to learn more about the recommended practices:

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Teaching Elementary Students to Be Effective Writers.

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State Support of Writing Instruction

Writing > States & Districts

This interview describes the challenges that states face as they promote student writing achievement. These challenges include the need for instructional reform to align with the Common Core State...

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Expert Interview

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Professional Development for Teaching Writing Effectively

Writing > States & Districts

Listen to this interview describing types of professional development that can support successful implementation of evidence-based practices. Literacy coaches, professional learning communities,...

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Expert Interview

486 views
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Visual Diagram: Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective Writers

Writing > Overview & Tools

Use this diagram as a visual reminder of the four interrelated practices that are recommended for helping elementary school students become effective writers. Teachers need to provide daily time...

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Visual Diagram

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That's What Community Is All About

Writing > Engaged Community > See How It Works

One teacher describes how she creates a classroom community of writers where students feel safe. The teacher explains the importance of sharing ideas and modeling for students. She also details the...

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School Example

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There Is a Larger Audience

Writing > Engaged Community > See How It Works

Teachers illustrate what they do to create a community of writers in which their students feel comfortable and safe. Activities such as "Author's Chair" and "Publishing Parties" are important for...

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School Example

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Giving Students a Choice

Writing > Engaged Community > See How It Works

A teacher discusses the importance of giving students a choice over what to write about, what to write with, and where to sit when they are writing. When given these choices, students are able to...

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School Example

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Learning to Construct Effective Sentences

Writing > Foundational Skills > See How It Works

A teacher talks about using mentor texts to help students learn how to construct effective sentences. She asks the students what they notice in the sentence. Students discuss the features of the...

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School Example

634 views
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Building a Solid Foundation for Writing

Writing > Foundational Skills > See How It Works

Teachers describe how they teach handwriting, spelling, and sentence construction skills. The teachers also use technology in their classroom to explore texts with their students and to teach...

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School Example

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Looking at Books with a Writer's Eye

Writing > Writing Process > See How It Works

A teacher shows how she uses mentor texts to teach students to emulate features of good writing. She illustrates reading aloud a mentor text and conducting a pre-writing activity for her students...

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School Example

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More Than One Way to Write

Writing > Writing Process > See How It Works

A reading specialist describes how classes at her school are learning to write for different purposes. In each classroom students learn skills and continue building a foundation as they...

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School Example

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A Schoolwide Approach to Writing Instruction

Writing > Writing Process > See How It Works

Hear a principal and teacher describe how their school has implemented a coherent approach to writing instruction. The principal ensures high-quality writing instruction by visiting classrooms...

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School Example

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Writing Buddies Using the Writing Process

Writing > Writing Process > See How It Works

Watch teachers show how they use "Writing Buddies" as a way for their students to help each other brainstorm and revise. Writing Buddies learn how to ask one another questions to think about ways...

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School Example

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