ERIC Number: ED494212
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Best Practices in Writing Instruction. Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy
Graham, Steve, Ed.; MacArthur, Charles A., Ed.; Fitzgerald, Jill, Ed.
Highly practical and accessible, this indispensable book provides clear-cut strategies for improving K-12 writing instruction. The contributors are leading authorities who demonstrate proven ways to teach different aspects of writing, with chapters on planning, revision, sentence construction, handwriting, spelling, and motivation. The use of the Internet in instruction is addressed, and exemplary approaches to teaching English-language learners and students with special needs are discussed. The book also offers best-practice guidelines for designing an effective writing program. Focusing on everyday applications of current scientific research, the book features many illustrative case examples and vignettes. This book provides an array of research-based techniques for classroom use. Case examples and vignettes demonstrate realistic applications. The book emphasizes a balanced approach to teaching. Special attention is paid to multilingual and struggling students. It presents the Introduction: Best Practices in Writing Instruction (Steve Graham, Charles A. MacArthur, and Jill Fitzgerald), and then is divided into three parts. Part I, Designing Writing Programs, contains the initial chapters: (1) Writing Instruction in Engaging and Effective Elementary Settings (Michael Pressley, Lindsey Mohan, Lauren Fingeret, Kelly Reffitt, and Lisa Raphael Bogaert); (2) Best Practices in Implementing a Process Approach to Teaching Writing (Ruie J. Pritchard and Ronald L. Honeycutt); (3) Best Narrative Writing Practices When Teaching from a Developmental Framework (Anne McKeough, Jaime Palmer, Marya Jarvey, and Stan Bird); and (4) Best Practices in Developing a Writing Across the Curriculum Program in the Secondary School (George E. Newell, Susan Koukis, and Stacy Boster). Part II, Strategies for Teaching and Learning, contains: (5) Writing Instruction for Young Children: Methods Targeting the Multiple Demands That Writers Face (David Coker); (6) Best Practices in Teaching Planning (Steve Graham and Karen R. Harris); (7) Best Practices in Teaching Evaluation and Revision (Charles A. MacArthur); (8) Improving Sentence Construction Skills through Sentence-Combining Practice (Bruce Saddler); (9) Best Practices in Spelling and Handwriting (Bob Schlagal); (10) Best Practices in Promoting Motivation for Writing (Pietro Boscolo and Carmen Gelati); (11) Best Practices in Using the Internet to Support Writing (Rachel Karchmer-Klein); (12) Best Practices in Teaching Writing to Adolescents (Dolores Perin); and (13) Best Practices in Writing Assessment (Robert C. Calfee and Roxanne Greitz Miller). Part III, Special Populations, concludes the book with the final two chapters: (14) What Is Sound Writing Instruction for Multilingual Learners? (Jill Fitzgerald and Steve Amendum); and (15) Best Practices in Teaching Writing to Students with Special Needs and Susan De La Paz).
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Instructional Improvement, Teaching Methods, Elementary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Process Approach (Writing), Descriptive Writing, Writing Across the Curriculum, Secondary Education, Program Development, Young Children, Beginning Writing, Instructional Development, Teacher Evaluation, Revision (Written Composition), Sentences, Transformational Generative Grammar, Spelling Instruction, Handwriting, Student Motivation, Writing (Composition), Internet, Computer Uses in Education, Adolescents, Writing Evaluation, Multilingualism, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Special Needs Students, Literacy
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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