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Educational LeadershipApril 2014 /Volume 71/Number 7Writing: A Core Skill
What Writing Is and Isn’t Jeff Anderson Not explained in a kit or a formula, writing is a process, a skill, a joy.
Writing Is Taught, Not Caught Carol Jago Staring into the wild blue yonder doesn’t pique inspiration, but tangible instruction does.
Writers on Writing Jeff Kinney on Taking Your Time
Parents as Writing PartnersMary Ehrenworth How to enlist parents to be their child’s first reader.
Making the Most of Mentor TextsKelly Gallagher To learn to do something unfamiliar, stand next to someone who knows how.
Teaching the Writer’s Craft Penny Kittle Six practices that build savvy writers.
Writers on Writing Maggie Stiefvater on Looking for the Black Sheep
Revamping the Classroom Research Project Nanci Werner-Burke Google and the spirit of inquiry make research projects lively, relevant, and substantive.
Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull-SypnieskiStrategies for every level of language learner—from beginner to advanced.
Writers on Writing Walter Dean Myers on Connecting with Your Characters
Writing to the World Julie D. Ramsay Kids collaborate on a global level through digital social interaction.
Writers on Writing Joyce Sidman on Chasing Words
Beyond the Five-Paragraph EssayKimberly Hill Campbell Write with authority, not formula, and leave the straitjacket behind.
Let Students Write Their Masterpiece Steve Gardiner What happens when the teacher says, “This is the year you write your masterpiece.”
Writers on Writing Sy Montgomery on Facing Fear
Should We Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late?Brandi Clark Primary kids take on the art of persuasion.
Columns & Departments
Perspectives/Writing: Hard Work and Magic Marge Scherer Listen online at www.ascd.org/el.
Research Says/Teach Critical Thinking to Teach WritingBryan Goodwin Examining the link between thinking and writing.
Art and Science of Teaching/Review for Retention Robert J. MarzanoThe importance of systematically reviewing lessons taught.
Power Up!/Technology and the Illusion of CreativityDoug JohnsonUsing nifty tools is not the same as doing original work.
Principal Connection/Tips for Better Parent-Teacher ConferencesThomas R. HoerrIf we make parents do all the listening, we miss an opportunity to learn.
One to Grow On/Commending WritingCarol Ann TomlinsonHow do we motivate kids to do what is inherently difficult?
Index to Advertisers
Tell Me About…/A Writing Assignment That Engaged Your Students
ASCD Community in Action
EL Takeaways/Nine Notes About Writing
Jump-Starting Stalled Writers with Storytelling Alexandra Keller and Sandie Grinnell Kids see writing with new eyes when they receive letters from seniors.
Argument Writing Across the Content Areas Heather Wolpert-Gawron Teach students to blend in elements of narrative, analysis, and summary as they build arguments.
What Does Multiplying Two Candy Bars Really Mean?Jihwa Noh and Karen SabeyHow to help students write good word problems.
EL Study GuideNaomi Thiers
Inservice Guest Blogger Kelly Gallagher
Watch This Spot Eleanor Dougherty, author of the ASCD book Assignments Matter, tells how to help students become better writers.