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For a deeper understanding of what works in writing instruction, read the practice guide from the U.S. Department of Education and watch our webcast, Teaching Writing.


The practice guide Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers (opens in a new window) provides four recommendations for improving elementary students’ writing. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence.

This guide is geared toward teachers, literacy coaches, and other educators who want to improve the writing of their elementary students. (Developed by writing expert Steve Graham for the What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education.)


Watch our webcast Teaching Writing (opens in a new window), featuring national experts Steve Graham, Louisa Moats, and Susan Neuman. They address why writing is important, what the latest research tells us, and what educators and parents can do to support our children’s development as writers. Discussion questions are included with the webcast.

Certificate of completion

Reading Rockets does not offer CEUs for this self-study course. After successfully answering the post-test questions, you’ll be able to download a certificate of completion.

A writing renaissance in the Common Core

Dr. Steve Graham believes that the Common Core will be a game changer for writing instruction in the elementary classroom.