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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Writing Planning Template #2

This district-level planning tool can be used to assess and plan for district practices to support schools in developing a comprehensive and coherent plan for teaching elementary school students to...

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01/28/2014
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Writing Planning Template #3

This state-level planning tool can be used to assess and plan for state practices to support districts and schools in developing a comprehensive and coherent plan for teaching elementary school...

Planning Template
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01/28/2014
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Teaching Students to Use the Writing Process for a Variety of Purposes

Teaching Students to Use the Writing Process for a Variety of Purposes

The focus of this recommended practice is that strong writing involves following a process in which writers (1) plan, (2) draft, (3) share, (4) evaluate, (5) revise, (6) edit, and (7) publish a...

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01/27/2014
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Planning to Teach Writing Strategies

This tool is designed to help teachers plan writing strategies that are suited to their students and their grade level. Strategies are provided for each step of the writing process, along with...

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01/27/2014
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Teacher Self-Assessment: Gradual Release of Responsibility

Teachers can use this tool to reflect on the steps they take to gradually release the responsibility for using writing strategies to students. Specific steps are listed to help teachers show...

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01/27/2014
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Learning Together: Applying the Writing Process

Use this tool as a learning and listening guide with the interviews, Strategies for Using the Writing Process, Teaching Students to Use the Writing Process for a Variety of Purposes, and Understand...

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01/27/2014
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Including Writing in Everything We Do

Including Writing in Everything We Do

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...

School Example
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01/08/2014
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Writer's Workshop Every Day

Writer's Workshop Every Day

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...

School Example
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01/08/2014
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Writing Every Day in Every Class

Writing Every Day in Every Class

A member of the IES expert panel describes the importance of daily writing time. It is recommended that teachers make time for writing practice every day and integrate opportunities to practice...

Expert Interview
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01/08/2014
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Providing Daily Time For Writing

Providing Daily Time For Writing

This recommended practice focuses on the importance of designating daily time for writing instruction to ensure sufficient practice of writing skills. This presentation outlines key considerations...

Overview
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01/08/2014
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Kentucky’s Schoolwide Writing Program Review

Kentucky’s Schoolwide Writing Program Review

Kentucky's Senate Bill 1 sparked a new program review process that includes a comprehensive review of writing instruction, professional development practices, and administrative support. This...

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01/08/2014
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State Support of Writing Instruction

State Support of Writing Instruction

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...

Expert Interview
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01/08/2014
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