NCTE's newest policy research brief "Writing Now" explores what writing means in our changing world. The brief defines key terms, debunks common myths about school-based writing, outlines our understanding of writing now, and shares research-based recommendations for effective writing instruction and assessment. For the next step, try any of the following ReadWriteThink lesson plans, which all explore ways we write and teach writing now:
Elementary Level Lessons
- Authentic Writing Experiences and Math Problem-Solving Using Shopping Lists (E)
- Once Upon a Time Rethought: Writing Fractured Fairy Tales (E)
- Teaching the Compare and Contrast Essay through Modeling (E)
- Using Picture Books to Teach Characterization in Writing Workshop (E)
Middle Level Lessons
- Cooking Up Descriptive Language: Designing Restaurant Menus (M)
- Fairy Tale Autobiographies (M)
- Leading to Great Places in the Middle School Classroom (M)
- Reading and Writing Workshop: Freak the Mighty (M)
Secondary and College Level Lessons
- Creative Outlining—From Freewriting to Formalizing (S-C)
- Modeling Academic Writing through Scholarly Article Presentations (S-C)
- Persuading Readers with Endorsement Letters (S-C)
- The Children's Picture Book Project (S-C)
NOTE: Free access to journal articles mentioned in this INBOX is provided for 21 days. After this free access period expires, articles are available to journal subscribers only. This Inbox Idea was published 9-16-08.
Initials in annotations indicate academic level of the resource (E=Elementary, M=Middle, S=Secondary, C=College, TE=Teacher Education, G=General).
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