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Teaching Writing for Keeps

From: Education and Treatment of Children
Volume 30, Number 3, August 2007
pp. 107-128 | 10.1353/etc.2007.0012


Proficiency with written expression is critical for students' academic success. Unfortunately, writing presents a challenge for both students and teachers. Recent data suggest that many students in U.S. schools fail to meet even the most basic writing standards. And even when students receive effective (i.e., evidence-based) writing instruction, they often struggle with the generalization (i.e., transfer) of skills to other writing tasks, genres, and purposes and with maintaining skills over time. This article provides teachers with strategies for promoting generalization of writing skills in each stage of the writing process: prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

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