Spotlight on Writing Instruction

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Writing Instruction

The Education Week Spotlight on Writing Instruction is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • New student writing expectations under the common-core standards
  • Innovative practices for developing students' analytical and literacy skills
  • The role of creative writing in the classroom
  • How educators are providing students with a variety of writing experiences

You get the eight articles below in a downloadable PDF.

The common-core standards call for students to write more and in more complex modes, but literacy experts say that's not happening in many classrooms.
July 20, 2016 – Teacher

The five-paragraph essay, a staple in school writing curricula, has become a source of debate for educators, with critics charging the format is too rigid and constraining.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher

The common core's emphasis on more argumentative and informational writing has made for a difficult balance for some educators.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher

Lauren Leigh Kelly's Hip-Hop Literature and Culture Class uses hip-hop texts as a means to develop students' media-literacy and critical-analysis skills.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher

A two-year experimental study of the National Writing Project shows that the program has a positive effect on teachers' instructional practices and their students' writing.
March 23, 2016 – Education Week

Though de-emphasized in the common core, creative writing can play an irreplaceable role in the development of students' complex literacy skills, writes language arts teacher Ariel Sacks.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher

Under the common standards, writing instruction is more strategic and substantive, teacher James A. Dittes reflects. But fewer diversions can also mean it's sometimes less fun.
June 20, 2016 – Teacher

Teacher Annette Christiansen offers some tips to help students develop as effective writers in the classroom, including emphasis on a variety of writing experiences.
January 19, 2016 – Teacher

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