The ability to write well is a key to success in many professional, social, community, and civic activities. Therefore, it is essential that all students receive instruction and support that develops their writing skills from the early grades onward. By building the skills that make effective writers, teachers provide students with the tools to communicate their ideas, express their feelings, and engage with diverse audiences.

High-quality writing instruction provides students with daily time to practice writing; teaches students to work through the steps of the writing process, including editing and revision; focuses on building foundational skills that support writing, including spelling, grammar, and handwriting and word processing; and creates an engaged community of writers by allowing students the opportunity to choose their own topics, interact with each other's writing and be recognized as authors.

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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Teaching Foundational Skills to Help Students Become Effective Writers

Teaching Foundational Skills to Help Students Become Effective Writers

This recommended practice focuses on providing instruction on foundational writing skills, such as handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing, and word processing. This presentation...

Overview
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01/30/2014
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Looking at Books with a Writer's Eye

Looking at Books with a Writer's Eye

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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01/30/2014
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More Than One Way to Write

More Than One Way to Write

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...

School Example
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01/30/2014
648 views
A Schoolwide Approach to Writing Instruction

A Schoolwide Approach to Writing Instruction

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...

School Example
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01/30/2014
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Writing Buddies Using the Writing Process

Writing Buddies Using the Writing Process

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...

School Example
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01/30/2014
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Teaching Writing Strategies

Teaching Writing Strategies

Teachers describe the strategies they teach their students to help them learn the writing process. They teach and model multiple strategies for every step of the writing process so that students...

School Example
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01/30/2014
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Understanding the Purpose of What You’re Writing

Understanding the Purpose of What You’re Writing

Students are more likely to be engaged in writing if they understand the purpose of a particular writing assignment. Listen to a member of the IES Panel discuss how teachers can look for...

Expert Interview
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01/30/2014
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Strategies for Using the Writing Process

Strategies for Using the Writing Process

Listen to a member of the IES Panel discuss how teachers can helps students use strategies to plan and evaluate their writing. He illustrates the importance of peer interaction in revision and...

Expert Interview
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01/30/2014
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Writing Planning Template #4

This template can help districts and schools understand the alignment between the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts K-5 and the recommended practices in the IES Practice Guide,...

Planning Template
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01/30/2014
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Self-Reflection Tool: Writing Across the Curriculum

Teachers and coaches can use this tool to reflect on current practice and identify ideas for new instructional activities for including daily writing across all subject areas. View the interview,...

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01/29/2014
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Learning Together: Integrating Writing Into the Curriculum

Use this tool to plan writing projects as part of social studies, math, or science curricula. This tool can be used in professional learning communities as an activity for collaborative learning...

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01/29/2014
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Writing Planning Template #1

This school-level planning tool can be used to assess and plan for school practices to support staff in teaching elementary school students to be effective writers. It covers such topics as...

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01/28/2014
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