ERIC Number: ED278048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
The Effective Writing Teacher: Eighteen Strategies.
Focusing on the process approach to writing instruction, this book presents 18 instructional strategies organized around the four essential stages of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, editing, and sharing. Chapter 1 contains a program assessment survey to help teachers evaluate their current writing program and decide which strategies to adopt. Chapters 2 through 5 present 18 strategies, among them the "critical six" strategies, which constitute the preconditions of a good writing program, and encourage teachers to provide opportunities for students to (1) discuss clarify writing assignments before writing, (2) get more information about the writing topic, (3) ask about the criteria that will be used to correct the assignment, (4) review and revise written work completed earlier in the year, (5) edit each other's papers before they are handed in, and (6) read written work aloud to individuals or small groups. Chapter 6 includes a copy of a letter that teachers might send to parents to both explain the process teaching method and suggest ways to encourage children to write at home. Chapter 7 describes a plan for effectively teaching writing using only five hours of class time per month. Chapter 8 helps teachers determine what writing skills to teach. The final two chapters offer further advice and suggest sources of information on effective writing instruction. (JD)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Process Approach (Writing), Program Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Writing Evaluation, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction
The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands, 290 South Main St., Andover, MA 01810 ($6.50 plus $2.00 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: NETWORK, Inc., Andover, MA.