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Top 10 Resources on Writing

Browse our resources about the developmental stages of writing, effective classroom strategies, assessment, writing disabilities, supporting writing at home, and more.
  1. How Writing Develops

    Almost every interaction in a child's world is preparing them to become a reader and writer. This article outlines the stages of writing development, and tips for adults to help along the way.

  2. Looking at Writing

    Writing samples from real kids in pre-K through grade 3, advice about instruction, guidance on assessment, classroom strategies, and video about writing.

  3. Handwriting: What's Normal, What's Not

    Milestones to look for as your child's handwriting skills begin to develop, as well as signs and symptoms of dysgraphia, a learning disability that affects a child's handwriting and ability to hold a pen, pencil, or crayon.

  4. Developing Writing and Spelling at Home

    Writing is a terrific way for children to express their thoughts, creativity, and uniqueness. It is also a fundamental way in which children learn to organize ideas. And learning to write well helps children to be better readers.

  5. Classroom Strategies for Teaching Writing

    For each strategy, find instructions on how to use, downloadable templates, examples, recommended children's books, suggestions for differentiating instruction, and supporting research.

  6. Teaching Tips: Authoring with Video

    Help students engage in reading and writing by asking them to write captioning for audio-less video clips. This article contains step-by-step instructions for using the technique as well as links to digital media and suggested teaching ideas.

  7. Writing Assessment

    An introduction to 6 + 1 Trait® Writing, customized rubrics, student self-assessment, and peer editing.

  8. Writing Disabilities: An Overview

    Learn why some kids with learning disabilities struggle with writing and how some instructional approaches can help.

  9. Assistive Technology Tools: Writing

    Learn about assistive technology tools (from abbreviation expanders to word-recognition software programs) that address your child's specific writing difficulties.

  10. Differentiated Instruction for Writing

    Writing instruction can be differentiated to allow students varying amounts of time to complete assignments, to give students different writing product options, and to teach skills related to the writing process.

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