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Writing

From handwriting to personal stories to persuasive writing, learn more about effective teaching strategies and ways to encourage kids to write every day. Developing good writing skills can also strengthen vocabulary, comprehension, and spelling skills. The Common Core State Standards support writing across the curriculum, with practice in narrative, persuasive, and informative/explanatory writing. To see examples of real writing from real kids, pre-K to grade 3, visit our Looking at Writing section.

Refresh your writing instruction! Try the Writing module in our free, self-paced online course, Reading 101: A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing.

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Our PBS Television Series:
Launching Young Readers

Vivica Fox

Learn more about spelling patterns, invented spelling, and how writing, spelling, and reading reinforce each other.

Steve Graham

See how one teacher creates a community of writers in her classroom.

 

Classroom Strategies

Classroom Strategies

Each strategy includes instructions on how to use, downloadable templates and examples, video demonstrations, children's books to use with the strategy, differentiation for ELLs and students with learning disabilities, and supporting research.

Professional Development Webcasts

Professional Development Webcasts

Listen, watch, and learn from top experts in these engaging roundtable discussions. Each webcast features a 60–minute video as well as recommended readings and suggested discussion questions.

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald