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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Looking at Books with a Writer's Eye

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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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Writer's Workshop Every Day

Writing > Daily Time > See How It Works

Teachers describe what writing instruction and practice time looks like in their classrooms. Teachers at this school hold a Writer's Workshop every day. This is an example of how writer's workshop...

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School Example

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Including Writing in Everything We Do

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Watch a fifth-grade math class integrate writing practice into a geometry lesson. Students plan their writing using graphic organizers specifically tailored to writing in the context of a math...

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School Example

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Parent Letter

Writing > Engaged Community > See How It Works

Review this parent letter to learn how one teacher engages parents in building an engaged community of writers. To learn more about building an engaged community of writers, view the presentations,...

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Sample Material

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Appositive Worksheet: How Do Experts Do It?

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This sample material offers an example of different nonfiction sentences in a mentor text to show students how authors use appositives to craft sentences. Listen to the audio interview, Learning to...

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Sample Material

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Keep It Simple

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Teachers can use this template to teach sentence construction in different subject areas to show sentence patterns and to help students construct simple and complex sentences. Listen to the audio...

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Sample Material

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Check This Out

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Use the example questions from this sample material to help students understand sentence construction and different techniques that authors use to craft effective sentences. To learn how one...

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Sample Material

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Tips for Using an Author's Chair Activity

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Learn how Author's Chair can be implemented in an elementary school classroom. To learn more about how this teacher uses Author's Chair, view the presentation, There Is a Larger...

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Sample Material

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Make Time to Write

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This PowerPoint illustrates the components of the Writer's Workshop and provides guidelines for how to structure workshop time. It includes sample schedules and lesson plans. To learn more about...

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Sample Material

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Writing Buddies

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An important part of the writing process is sharing. Having students regularly share their writing with one another in a format such as Writing Buddies is one way to encourage daily sharing and...

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Sample Material

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Writing Conference Sheet

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As part of the Writer's Workshop model, teachers conference with individual students as they share their writing at different stages of the writing process. This sample material gives some ideas...

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Sample Material

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Persuasive Writing Lessons

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This sample material includes two lesson plans for teachers to help students focus on the elements of strong, persuasive writing pieces. The lessons are broken up by days to incorporate time for...

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