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
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.
“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.
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.
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.
500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing is from The New York Times Learning Network.
How to celebrate students’ writing is from Ray Salazar.
Micro Writing: Writing to learn in ESL is from ELT Connect.
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.
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.
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.
Concise and Precise Micro-writing is from Alex Quigley, and offers some very good suggestions.
Adventures with gallery critique is by Andy Tharby.
— NYT Learning Network (@NYTimesLearning) June 11, 2015
— Teacher (@Primary_Ed) May 27, 2015
Brilliant guide to “writing good”! https://t.co/Ep1hsUF0sr
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) April 12, 2015
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 Project (@writingproject) July 25, 2015
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.
— Cornelius Minor (@MisterMinor) August 6, 2015
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.
At First Glance: A Sentence Starter Adds Unexpected Rigor to Writing and The Art of the Sentence are both by Doug Lemov.
How I Teach My English-Language Learners to Love Writing is by Mary Ann Zehr and appeared in Ed Week.
— Cornelius Minor (@MisterMinor) October 17, 2015
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.
Syrian and Iraqi refugees seek freedoms cherished by all Americans is from The Washington Post.
Here is an excerpt:
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.
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:
10 Surefire Ideas to Remove Writing Roadblocks is by Regie Routman at Middleweb.
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.
— Sukhi V (@SukhiVG) February 24, 2016
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.
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?
— Kate Roberts (@teachkate) May 20, 2016
Using computers widens the achievement gap in writing, a federal study finds is from The Hechinger Report. After reading it, you might want to explore what I consider to be the three best tools for teaching keyboarding:
My students like Dance Mat Typing because it teaching typing with text and audio support.
Typing Web is a great site for learners. You have to register for the site and it tracks your progress.
UMaine Professor: Writing Boosts Performance of Maine’s Student-Athletes comes by way of the National Writing Project. In addition to the way I now work with our coaches, this idea might be worth pursuing.
Education Week has published one of their typically excellent special reports, and the title of this one is Next Draft: Changing Practices In Writing Instruction. It’s composed of eight separate articles, including “As Teachers Tackle New Student-Writing Expectations, Support Is Lacking,” “Remodeling the Workshop: Lucy Calkins on Writing Instruction Today,” and “Students in My Math Classes Next Year Will Do a Lot of Writing. Here’s Why.”
— Katie Clements (@clemenkat) June 30, 2016
Here’s an excellent post from the National Writing Project filled with resources for teaching a Writing Workshop model in class.
Low-Stakes Writing: Writing to Learn, Not Learning to Write is from Edutopia.
Getting Strategic About Teaching Revision in Writing is from Ed Week.
The Psychological Benefits of Writing Regularly is from LifeHacker.
NEW BLOG SERIES: STARTING WITH WHAT MATTERS MOST IN WRITING WORKSHOP is from Two Writing Teachers.
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) July 29, 2016
— Alex Corbitt (@Alex_Corbitt) July 26, 2016
— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 2, 2016
Good use for Trump quotes: Teaching kids how not citing sources makes it sound like you’re just making stuff up. pic.twitter.com/HR3Tog0wrf
— Gregory Michie (@GregoryMichie) August 16, 2016
— Jamie Silverboard (@Ms_Silverboard) August 26, 2016
Feel free to offer links to your best posts (or pieces that others have written) on teaching writing….