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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This volume is an amazing synthesis of current theories and practices related to writing research and teaching. Each chapter addresses important topics in writing and provides interesting, thought-provoking suggestions for instruction. I recommend this book highly and enthusiastically. It is an ideal text for master's-level courses."--Patricia L. Anders, PhD, Department of Language, Reading and Culture, College of Education, University of Arizona
 

"Jam-packed with current research and step-by-step classroom activities, this book immerses us in the world of writing and helps us examine our own understandings of what makes an effective writing practice. It is a solid read for teachers across the grade levels and a good choice for a book to be used districtwide."--Rich Kent, PhD, Maine Writing Project, College of Education and Human Development, University of Maine
 

"Best Practices in Writing Instruction is a full compendium of research-based skills and strategies designed with one goal in mind: to promote writing effectiveness in the classroom. Offering detailed depictions of classrooms in action, the book covers social, emotional, and academic concerns, and introduces both overarching concepts and specific, focused activities. Importantly, a consistent theme of writing as a vehicle for thinking and learning is reflected throughout the book."--Douglas Kaufman, PhD, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut

Reading and Writing

"This edited volume makes a sound argument, based in empirical research, for adopting process approaches to writing instruction and involving learners in such an approach from early on. Furthermore, the contributing authors provide sound rationales and practical advice for focusing student attention and instruction on global concerns of audience, purpose, and communication."--Reading and Writing
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593854324
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/13/2007
  • Series: Solving Problems in the Teaching of Literacy Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Graham, EdD, is the Currey-Ingram Professor of Special Education and Literacy in the School of Education at Vanderbilt University. The editor of Exceptional Children, Dr. Graham is the recipient of the Career Research Award from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Samuel A. Kirk Award from the CEC Division for Learning Disabilities, and the Distinguished Research Award from the Special Education Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.
 
Charles A. MacArthur, PhD, is Professor of Special Education and Literacy in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. He is coeditor of the Journal of Special Education.
 
Jill Fitzgerald, PhD, is Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the recipient of the American Educational Research Association's Outstanding Review of Research Award and (with George Noblit) the International Reading Association's Dina Feitelson Award for Research.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Best Practices in Writing Instruction, Steve Graham, Charles A. MacArthur, and Jill Fitzgerald
I. Designing Writing Programs
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
4. Best Practices in Developing a Writing across the Curriculum Program in the Secondary School, George E. Newell, Susan Koukis, and Stacy Boster
II. Strategies for Teaching and Learning
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
13. Best Practices in Writing Assessment, Robert C. Calfee and Roxanne Greitz Miller
III. Special Populations
14. What Is Sound Writing Instruction for Multilingual Learners?, Jill Fitzgerald and Steve Amendum
15. Best Practices in Teaching Writing to Students with Special Needs, Susan De La Paz

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