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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Tips for Using an Author's Chair Activity

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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02/26/2014
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Parent Letter

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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02/26/2014
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Appositive Worksheet: How Do Experts Do It?

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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02/26/2014
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Keep It Simple

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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02/26/2014
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Check This Out

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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02/26/2014
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Writing Buddies

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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02/26/2014
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Writing Conference Sheet

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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02/26/2014
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Persuasive Writing Lessons

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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02/26/2014
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Make Time to Write

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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02/26/2014
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Kentucky Department of Education Program Review Guide

Review this guide to learn more about the procedures that Kentucky uses to review writing programs. To learn more about the state's process, listen to the associated audio interview. Related...

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02/26/2014
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Visual Diagram:  Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective Writers

Visual Diagram: Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective Writers

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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02/24/2014
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That's What Community Is All About

That's What Community Is All About

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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