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Writing Our Way Back to School

Heading back to the classroom to focus on writing -- writing experiences, writing instruction, and the writing process? Enjoy the following resources from NCTE.

Listen iconListen to teacher and author Nancie Atwell talk about the importance and power of writing in the lives of young adolescents.

"A Tale of 3 P's—Penmanship, Product, and Process: 100 Years of Elementary Writing Instruction":  Past teaching manuals and curriculum guides recount 100 years of instructional practice in the US elementary writing classroom.

Becoming Writers in the Elementary Classroom: Visions and Decisions:  Demonstrates how to (re)claim our professional practice to ensure that young people have the opportunity to become competent, constantly growing writers who use writing to think, communicate, and pose as well as solve problems.

"Narrative as a Springboard for Expository and Persuasive Writing: James Moffett Revisited":  Leaning on James Moffett's, "I, You, and It" theory, the author presents the instructional practice of spiraling writing experiences to support the development of middle school writers. Read more in the writing-themed issue of Voices from the Middle.

This Time It's Personal: Teaching Academic Writing through Creative Nonfiction offers a diverse range of creative nonfiction writing assignments with authentic audiences and many vibrant examples of student writing.

What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practices takes a close look, through teacher-friendly language and classroom examples, at effective, research-based practices for writing instruction.

Catching Tigers in Red Weather: Imaginative Writing and Student Choice in High School describes how the author refocused her ninth-grade English course to help students explore writing as an art form with the same potential for creativity as, say, Web design, filmmaking, or music.

Listen icon"Understanding Composing," written by Sondra Perl in 1980, discussed the writing process and the process of writing. Listen to Sondra discuss writing today and the impact technology has had on composition.

This week marks the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. "When Academics Are Essential but Not Enough: Writing to Make Connections" describes writing activities with real audiences, developed after 9/11, that were found to be successful with secondary students in English, math, and science classes.

National Day on Writing graphicRecognizing the importance of writing in the lives of us all, NCTE established and celebrated its first National Day on Writing on October 20, 2009. Plans are gearing up for celebrations this year on or around October 20, 2012. What will you be doing to celebrate? For some ideas, check out some celebrations from last year!


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