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Teaching Writing

6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades

By: Ruth Culham
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

The 6+1 TRAIT model works by allowing teachers to pinpoint students’ strengths and weaknesses in ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation, and focus instruction. Like the groundbreaking guide for grades 3 and up, this new book contains scoring guides, sample papers, and focus lessons for each trait, but framed to address K–2 teachers’ needs.

Best Practices in Writing Instruction

By: Steve Graham, Charles A. MacArthur, Michael Hebert
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Effective guidelines for teaching writing in grades K–12. Using classroom examples, the book identifies the components of a complete, high-quality writing program. Leading experts provide strategies for teaching narrative and argumentative writing; using digital tools; helping students improve specific skills, from handwriting and spelling to sentence construction; teaching evaluation and revision; connecting reading and writing instruction; teaching vulnerable populations; using assessment to inform instruction; and more.

Handbook of Writing Research

By: Steve Graham, Charles A. MacArthur
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

This volume synthesizes current knowledge on writing development and instruction at all grade levels. Prominent scholars examine numerous facets of writing from sociocultural, cognitive, linguistic, neuroscience, and new literacy/technological perspectives. The volume reviews the evidence base for widely used instructional approaches. Issues in teaching specific populations — including students with disabilities and English learners —are addressed. Innovative research methods and analytic tools are explained, and key directions for future investigation identified.

Powerful Writing Strategies for All Students

By: Steve Graham, Karen R. Harris, Linda Mason, Barbara Friedlander
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Firmly grounded in the authors' Self-Regulated Strategy Development approach, which has been proven effective by two decades of research, these brief, powerful lessons will help transform struggling students into confident, skilled, and motivated writers. Teachers will get concise lesson plans they can use to easily supplement their existing writing curriculum.

Teaching the Youngest Writers

By: Marcia S. Freeman
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

This complete guide to conducting a daily writing workshop in the primary grades includes models for managing the writing process. The author explains the expository, descriptive, and personal-narrative writing techniques your students need to become fluent writers. Learn aboutstages of emergent writing, how to set up your room, how to schedule and manage the daily writing workshop, how to conduct an Author's Chair, and how to model writing and efficient peer conferences.

The Beginnings of Writing

By: Charles A. Temple, Codruta Temple, Ruth Nathan
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

A comprehensive source on young children’s development of writing that illustrates every concept with student examples. This book offers a detailed story of children’s development of writing, from scribbles to letters; from imaginative inventions to conventional spelling; and from enthusiastic utterances on paper to effectively structured compositions. Teachers will develop the skills needed to offer appropriate instruction and feedback for students at each point in the writing process.

The Writing Revolution

By: Natalie Wexler, Judith Hochman
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

The Writing Revolution (TWR) provides a method of instruction that you can use across all subjects or grade levels. The model, also known as The Hochman Method focuses on specific techniques that match students' needs and provide them with targeted feedback. There's no separate writing block and no separate writing curriculum. Instead, teachers of all subjects adapt the TWR strategies and activities to their current curriculum and weave them into their content instruction.

Writing Better: Effective Strategies for Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties

By: Steve Graham, Karen R. Harris
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Whether they have learning disabilities or just need extra help, struggling writers can improve their skills dramatically if they get the detailed, explicit instruction they need. This practical guidebook shows elementary school teachers how to make this systematic instruction part of their classroom. Educators will find a wide range of specific strategies that include activities for every phase of the writing process, from brainstorming and goal-setting to revising.

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