Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools


This updated edition of the best-selling book Because Writing Matters reflects the most recent research and reports on the need for teaching writing, and it includes new sections on writing and English language learners, technology, and the writing process.

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This updated edition of the best-selling book Because Writing Matters reflects the most recent research and reports on the need for teaching writing, and it includes new sections on writing and English language learners, technology, and the writing process.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"Because Writing Matters has sweeping appeal to teachers,administrators, and parents alike. It is full of pragmatic tools toincrease both the quantity and the quality of writing in schools.Not haughty or esoteric, it is relevant, accessible and, above all,a practical guidebook that presents ways by which writing withinthe educational landscape can be improved."
—Aiken Essays in Education

"I just finished a fantastic book about writing. In about 120pages, the authors synthesize years of insights into writing,instruction, professional development, and assessment…I feltlike I learned something new with each page, or found on each pagesome important new validation for what I already do in my ownclassroom."
—Jim Burke, Burlington High Scholl, California, CATEnet

"You would have to read hundreds of books and articles toacquire knowledge comparable to what you can get by reading thisslim but full packed volume developed by the National WritingProject and written by a journalist and writing teacher."
—AP Central

"Once I started reading, I could not put the book down until Ihad finished. My copy of Because Writing Matters is riddledwith sticky notes to myself about how I can enhance my own effortsto bring writing and the teaching of writing to theforeground."
—Voices from the Middle

"For the first time, in a reader-friendly format, thosestrategies of successful school writing programs have beendocumented in a new book titled Because WritingMatters."
—Town Talk Newspapers

"Timely and persuasive, Because Writing Matters offersclassroom teachers, administrators, and those who work withpre-service teachers more than encouragement; it provides a‘so what’ plus the ‘how to’ necessary tomake real changes in the ways writing is taught and assessed. Oneof the book’s greatest strengths is the way relevantinformation is succinctly presented.
English Journal

"If you want or need to know more about teaching writing, thebibliography is a comprehensive source. The great writing teachersand well-known researchers listed here have built a knowledge basefor a discipline many of us have taken for granted."
—English Leadership Quarterly

"The NWP and Nagin have written a concise, well-organized primerthat introduces school leaders to writing as a thinking andlearning tool."
—Bryn Mawr/Haverford College Journal of TeacherEducation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787980672
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/10/2006
  • Series: The Jossey-Bass Education Series
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 516,974
  • Product dimensions: 7.07 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Nagin is a journalist, editor, and teacher. He has worked for the PBS series Frontline, and his articles have appeared in such national publications as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Art and Antiques where his writing was nominated for a National Magazine Award. He taught writing at both the high school and college level for more than fifteen years as a faculty member at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music.

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Table of Contents


The Authors.

INTRODUCTION: Why Writing Matters.

ONE: Improving Student Writing: Challenges and Expectations.

TWO: Learning to Write.

THREE: Writing to Learn.

FOUR: Professional Development.

FIVE Standards and Assessments for Writing.

SIX: What Administrators Can Do to Create Effective WritingPrograms.




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