Create an engaged community of writers.

A supportive classroom environment can foster students' motivation to write well, and through sharing their own writing and experiences with the writing process, teachers convey the message that writing is important and rewarding. Engaged students write with greater frequency and have deeper involvement in the writing process and community. Teachers can increase engagement and build a community atmosphere in which students feel valued by providing opportunities to choose their own writing topics, to interact with each other through collaborative writing activities or providing feedback, and to publish their final works.

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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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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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01/31/2014
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There Is a Larger Audience

There Is a Larger Audience

Teachers illustrate what they do to create a community of writers in which their students feel comfortable and safe. Activities such as "Author's Chair" and "Publishing Parties" are important for...

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01/31/2014
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Giving Students a Choice

Giving Students a Choice

A teacher discusses the importance of giving students a choice over what to write about, what to write with, and where to sit when they are writing. When given these choices, students are able to...

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01/31/2014
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Creating a Place Where Students Feel Like Writers

Creating a Place Where Students Feel Like Writers

One member of the IES Panel explains why developing a collaborative community of writers is necessary to have engaged writers. She discusses the various ways a teacher can create a safe and...

Expert Interview
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01/31/2014
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Developing a Shared Writing Assignment

This tool provides a framework for planning lessons in which students collaborate to develop a shared piece of writing. Watch the presentation, Creating an Engaged Community of Writers, to learn...

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01/31/2014
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Teacher Self-Reflection: Building a Community of Writers

Teachers can use this tool to reflect on strategies they use to build an engaged community of writers. To learn more about these strategies, watch Giving Students a Choice, There Is a Larger...

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01/31/2014
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Creating an Engaged Community of Writers

Creating an Engaged Community of Writers

This recommended practice focuses on how teachers can foster an engaged community of writers by writing together with students, providing choice, and encouraging collaboration and feedback among...

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01/31/2014
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