Back to Educational Leadership April 2018 Learning to Write, Writing to Learn
April 2018, Vol. 75, No. 7
Learning to Write, Writing to Learn
14 Giving Students the Right Kind of Writing Practice
Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle
The one-shot “big essay” approach is not the answer.
22 Demystifying Writing, Transforming Education
Writing can foster deeper learning in every content area—if we let it.
28 Bringing Cohesiveness to Writing Classes
Geneviève DeBose Akinnagbe
Effective writing instruction depends on coordinated support and guidance. Just ask a teacher.
33 Making Student Writing Matter
Why writing instruction needs to go beyond formulas and mechanics.
38 Let Them Write Plays!
Giving student writers a choice of genres can unleash creativity and learning.
44 Creating the Right Conditions for Multilingual Writers
Tasha Tropp Laman and Amy Seely Flint
To develop as writers, multilingual students must have opportunities for authentic expression.
47 Capturing the Flash of Writing
Digital cameras encourage English learners to tell their stories.
48 Micro-Writing for English Learners
This excerpt from a longer online article gives ideas for short writing activities.
54 The Writing-Centered Classroom
Pam Spycher, Kim Austin, and Thea Fabian
A diverse elementary school puts its focus on demystifying language and promoting student voice.
61 The Balancing Act of Kindergarten Writing Instruction
Teachers must focus on both mechanics and meaning to develop young writers’ identities as authors.
66 A Common Language and Criteria to Boost Students’ Writing
Sherry Seale Swain and Linda Friedrich
An analytic writing rubric helps teachers and students see what’s present and possible in a piece of writing.
74 Creating a Mindset for Writing
Zachary F. Wright
How do we teach our least confident students to write? Convince them that they can—and give them a map.
COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS
7 Perspectives/A Mom’s Writing Lessons
78 Research Matters/The Magic of Writing Stuff Down
Is the pen mightier than the laptop?
80 Show & Tell: A Video Column/Write From the Start
Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey
Interactive writing empowers the youngest writers to express ideas.
84 The Techy Teacher/Prioritizing In-Class Writing
Blended learning models help teachers give writers more feedback.
86 Principal Connection/Building Empathy in Schools
Thomas R. Hoerr
In an era of rancor and polarization, let’s make schools different.
87 Index to Advertisers
88 Confronting Inequity/Writing for Freedom
H. Richard Milner IV
Teach students that writing isn’t just an academic exercise.
90 One to Grow On/Writing with ‘Babbling Exuberance’
Carol Ann Tomlinson
How can teachers get writers to tap into the need for self-expression?
92 Tell Me About . . ./Readers compare notes on favorite classroom authors.
94 ASCD Community in Action
96 EL Takeaways/Writing Wisdom
Six Roadblocks to Writing Instruction—and How to Find Alternative Routes
If we can give our students more freedom to choose topics and find their writing style, they will thrive in the classroom—and beyond.
Micro-Writing for English Learners
Ideas for short bursts of writing that boost skills and confidence.
Video: Early-Grades Interactive Writing
Watch instructional coach Hilda Martinez lead a cooperative writing activity with a group of kindergartners.