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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Professional Development for Teaching Writing Effectively

Professional Development for Teaching Writing Effectively

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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01/08/2014
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Writing is a Thinking Activity

Writing is a Thinking Activity

Dr. Steve Graham discusses the four recommended practices from the Practice Guide, Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers. He describes how the process of writing instruction...

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01/08/2014
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Enabling Students to Use Writing Effectively for Learning and Communicating

Enabling Students to Use Writing Effectively for Learning and Communicating

This presentation illustrates how to use research-based practices to teach elementary school students to be effective writers. The presentation covers the four recommended practices in this topic....

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01/08/2014
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