Provide daily time for students to write.

Effective writing relies on a complex set of skills that cannot be mastered without considerable time and effort. To develop their writing ability, students need at least an hour of daily instruction and practice. At least 30 minutes of this time should be focused on instruction in writing strategies, techniques, and skills, with the remainder of the time devoted to applying what they’ve learned. Integrating writing practice into different content areas, such as science and social studies, allows teachers to strengthen students’ learning in each subject. It’s also beneficial to draw connections between reading and writing by having students write before, during, and after reading to articulate what they already know, what they want to know, and what they have learned.

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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...

Sample Material
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02/26/2014
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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,...

Tool
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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...

Tool
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01/29/2014
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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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