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The Best Posts On Writing Instruction

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I’ve published a number of posts on writing instruction, and thought I’d bring them all together into one “The Best” list.

I’ve previously posted tons of lists sharing sites that are useful in writing instruction, but none collecting posts I’ve written about what to actually do in the classroom.

Before I get to those posts, though, here are the website lists:

The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement
The Best Places Where Students Can Write Online
The Best Sites For Grammar Practice
Not “The Best,” But “A List” Of Mindmapping, Flow Chart Tools, & Graphic Organizers
The Best Resources For Researching & Writing Biographies
The Best Resources For Learning How To Write Response To Literature Essays
The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”
The Best Places Where Students Can Create Online Learning/Teaching Objects For An “Authentic Audience”
The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories
The Best Sites To Learn About Advertising
The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary
The Best Online Interactive Exercises For Writing That Are Not Related To Literary Analysis
The Best Online Resources To Teach About Plagiarism
The Best Resources For Learning Research & Citation Skills
The Best Sites For Students To Create & Participate In Online Debates
The Best Online Resources For Helping Students Learn To Write Persuasive Essays
The Best Spelling Sites
The Best Sites For Gaining A Basic Understanding Of Adjectives
The “Best” Sites For Helping Students Write Autobiographical Incident Essays
The Best Sites To Learn “Feelings” Words
The Best Sites For ELL’s To Learn About Punctuation
The Best Resources To Help Students Write Research Essays
The Best Sites For Learning To Write A Story
The Best Writing Advice From Famous Authors
The Best Resources On Punctuation
The Best Resources On Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision – Help Me Find More

The Best Sites For Collaborative Storytelling

The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay

And, now, here are my writing instruction posts:

I published a four-part series on teaching writing over at my Education Week blog. Here’s a link to the final post in that series — it contains links to the previous three, too.

My Revised Final Exams (And An Important Lesson)

Five ways to get kids to want to read and write

“Instead of seeing students as Far Below Basic or Advanced, we see them as learners” is a guest post written by my colleague Lara Hoekstra.

More Mount Everest Resources, Including Prompt We’re Using As Part Of Our “Final”

Writing Prompts — Feel Free To Contribute Your Own!

Rwanda Lesson & Writing Prompt

Here’s The “Growth Mindset” Article & Prompt We’re Using As Part Of Our Semester Final

“Point, Quote, Connect”

Helping Students Write Essays

Student Writing & Metacognition

My Student Handout For Simple Journal-Writing

New Study Says That Half Of “Evidence-Based Practices” In Writing Instruction Not “Signaled” By Common Core

I’ve posted a collection of all my Education Week Teacher posts on teaching reading and writing. It includes contributions from lots of great educators.

Student-Created Prompts As A Differentiation Strategy

Here’s What I’m Having My ELL Geography Students Do As Their Semester “Final”

Here’s What I’m Having My ELL U.S. History Students Do As Their Semester “Final”

Here’s What My IB Theory Of Knowledge Students Are Doing For Their Semester “Final”

Writing Prompt For “The Long March”

Quote Of The Day: “We Must Always Take Sides”

Helping Students Respond To Writing Prompts

Video (& Writing Prompt): “A failure isn’t a failure if it prepares you for success tomorrow”

Excellent (& I Mean EXCELLENT!) Post On Asking Questions

This Is Exactly What I Mean By Connecting Social Emotional Learning & Literacy Instruction….

Another Good Writing Prompt: Reconciliation

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using For My Geography Class

New Writing Prompt For My U.S. History Class

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using As Part Of My Final For Ninth-Grade English

John Lewis: “You Must Find A Way To Get In Trouble”

Two Good Videos On How We Learn & How I Plan To Use Them In Class

“Personal Writing Based on The Times’s Sunday Routine Series” Is A Nice Idea From The Learning Network

Our School’s Writing Assessment For Some Students With Special Needs

Julie Goldman, the Coordinator of the great WRITE Institute that creates curriculum for English Language Learners, has written an excellent article on “Research-Based Writing Practices For English Language Learners,” which you can download for free here.

Quote Of The Day: “Traditional grammar instruction isn’t effective. Period.”

Quote Of The Day: “When Will I Ever Use This?” (& How I’ll Use It In Class)

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Two New Good Writing Prompts For My Students

How to celebrate students’ writing is from Ray Salazar.

Simple Writing Prompt On California Gold Rush

With The Appropriate Background Knowledge, This Could Be A Good MLK Writing Prompt

Micro Writing: Writing to learn in ESL is from ELT Connect.

Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using With “Smartphones Don’t Make Us Dumb”

The Teacher Tip: Don’t Fix the Story. Just Listen. is by Barry Lane.

Rachael Roberts – Motivating students to write is from The British Council.

Learning to Write Like a Reader: Teaching Students How to Edit and Do Peer-Review is from Teaching Learning/Learning Teacher.

301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Great Article On “Being The Best At Anything” & How I’m Using It In Class

Excellent Review Of Writing Instruction Research

Constructive Peer Editing: Free Handout Included! is by Emily Guthrie. She shares such an obvious and easy improvement on typical peer-editing, you might feel as dumb as I did for not thinking about it before (that is, if you haven’t).

Supporting Good Writing Instruction is from The National Writing Project.

Is “Draftback” A Cool Toy You’ll Use Once Or Potentially An Effective Tool For Teaching Writing?

“Writing Challenge For Kids” Could Be A Nice Change-Of-Pace For Students

Quote Of The Day: “Teaching Doubt” (& How I’m Going To Use It In Class)

Mindshift, the popular KQED blog, has published an excerpt from one of my books they’ve titled What Motivates A Student’s Interest in Reading and Writing.

Important Video & Article On Double-Standard Of Making “government beneficiaries prove themselves worthy”

Simple ELL Writing Assignment On Imperialism

Two Good Pieces Of Simple Writing Advice For Students – Share Your Own

Here Are Some Examples Of Using “Concept Attainment” In Writing Instruction

Concise and Precise Micro-writing is from Alex Quigley, and offers some very good suggestions.

This Is The Geography “Final” For My ELL Students

Adventures with gallery critique is by Andy Tharby.

Modelling Writing and Rich Tea or Hob Nob? from Class Teaching both make great points and offer suggestions about the role of teacher modeling in writing instruction.

Quote Of The Day: Junot Díaz Explains What Often Happens When We Confront Our Fears

Getting Student Writers To “Buy-Into” Revision

Nine Ways to Help Students Embrace the Revision Process is by John Spencer.

“They Say, I Say” Is A Great Writing Resource (links to many useful sentence-starters and templates)

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools is a very useful report suggested to me by reader Marie.

Dylan Wiliam advises: Forget the Rubric; Use Work Samples Instead is a pretty important post by Doug Lemov. Be sure to also check out Dylan William’s comment on it.

School Writing Vs. Authentic Writing is by Ken Lindblom.

A Great Piece On Student Boredom & The Writing Prompt I’m Using With It

At First Glance: A Sentence Starter Adds Unexpected Rigor to Writing and The Art of the Sentence are both by Doug Lemov.

Two Good Articles – & A Student Writing Prompt – On The Importance Of Reading

Here’s A Writing Prompt I’m Using With My TOK Students On The First Day Of Class

A Nice Video On The Importance Of Asking Questions – & An Accompanying Writing Prompt

Excellent Article On Listening AND Writing Prompt I’ll Be Having Students Use With It

The Pope’s Canonization Of Junipero Serra Is A Great Teaching/Learning Opportunity – Here’s What I’m Doing

How I Teach My English-Language Learners to Love Writing is by Mary Ann Zehr and appeared in Ed Week.

This Is A Great Article On The Benefits Of Reading Books & Here Is How I’m Going To Use It

An Anchor Chart Mashup is from Two Writing Teachers.

Infusing Information Writing Throughout the Day: Diving Into Information Writing is from Two Writing Teachers.

Hochman’s ‘But, Because, So’ Sentence Expansion Activity is from Doug Lemov.

Reading & Writing About El Salvador With Salvadoran Refugees

Good Quote From Ta-Nehisi Coates On Writing & How I’m Using It In Class

Syrian and Iraqi refugees seek freedoms cherished by all Americans is from The Washington Post.

Here is an excerpt:

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I plan on have students read this piece and respond to this writing prompt:

How does Khalil Tawil suggest the United States should respond to refugees? To what extent do you agree or disagree with what he believes? To support your position, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

New Study Says Emphasize Quality Over Quantity In Teaching Writing, But I Don’t Think That’s Most Important Finding

5 Non-Negotiables When Designing Writing Instruction is from Three Teachers Talk.

The Writing Recipe: Essay Structure For English Language Learners is from The Teaching Channel:



Useful Writing Scaffold For A Classroom Wall

Video & Quote Of The Day: Booker Prize Winner On Writing With Five Senses In Mind

Quote Of The Day (& How I’m Using It In Class): “the winner is the person who keeps asking questions”

10 Surefire Ideas to Remove Writing Roadblocks is by Regie Routman at Middleweb.

A Simple Writing Prompt To Accompany Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Essay, “The Purpose Of Education”

Statistic Of The Day: We Have Eight Second Attention Spans (& How I’m Using This Info In The Classroom)

Here’s The Writing Prompt I Used With My Intermediate ELLs Today

Three Good Speaking/Writing Prompts – Along With Video Models

Teachers Might Find My “Concept Attainment – Plus” Instructional Strategy Useful

On the Impossibility of Teaching Creative Writing is from The Huffington Post.

Here’s An Example Of How I Scaffold A Short Writing Prompt


A Useful Lesson When Teaching Problem/Solution Essays – & Other Topics

Our 100 Most Popular Student Questions for Debate and Persuasive Writing is from The New York Times Learning Network.

Students often get muddled when writing a narrative because they concentrate too much on the plot of the story. As a…

Posted by TeachingEnglish – British Council on Sunday, February 28, 2016

Do Your Students Slouch Back In Their Chairs? Here’s A Writing Prompt On It I’m Using In Class

Video On Apartheid & Forgiveness – Plus An Accompanying Writing Prompt

Short & Simple Writing Prompt On Effort & Perseverance

Another Good Idea via Adam Grant: Seniors Writing Letters To Freshmen

Adam Grant On Failure & How I’m Using What He Says In Class

The University of New Hampshire has a lot of good Writing Hand-outs, particularly around grammar issues and writing particular types of essays.
“RACE” Looks Like A Useful Writing Strategy

Mentor Text Dropbox is a site where you can find and contribute…mentor texts.

Tools to Help Writers Explain Good Evidence is from Middleweb. I’m adding it to the same list.

Kevin Durant On “Hard Work” & How I’m Using It In Class

Teach Students to Write Strong Paragraphs is by Sarah Tantillo at Middleweb.
What Does The Trump Campaign Teach Us About The Limitations Of The Common Core Standards?

Feel free to offer links to your best posts (or pieces that others have written) on teaching writing….

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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