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Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers

This practice guide offers educators specific, evidence-based recommendations that address the challenge of teaching writing in elementary school. The guide provides four recommendations: provide daily time for student writing; teach students to use the writing process for a variety of purposes; teach students to become fluent with handwriting, spelling, sentence construction, typing and word processing; and create an engaged community of writers. (What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education)

"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943