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Best Practices in Writing Instruction

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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 ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published February 24th 2007 by The Guilford Press (first published February 23rd 2007)
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Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great integration of common core standards to writing strategies. Would recommend!
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you're a writing teacher, I think you'd find this interesting. Otherwise?? not so much. Chapters on different aspects of writing instruction talk about what research says and how to implement the practices supported by research. The writing is a little uneven, which is not uncommon in an edited book.
Rachel Robins
What I liked:
It's one of the few teacher books that is focused on Common Core utilization
Heavily researched-based

What I wasn't loving:
So dense that it difficult (or boring) to navigate
Good ideas when I could find them

I don't recommend reading it straight-through but as a reference, it would be helpful.
Zac Sigler
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
There are pearls of wisdom about writing instruction in here, but most of the book is fluffy, scholarly, filler. Also, the technology chapter read almost identically to one that I've read in another book, so not much was new, even though this book is two years newer than the other.
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: education
I didn't find much useful in here. It was very dry, and the strategies were only briefly spelled out. A lot of it felt common sense to me.
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Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Some hard to read stuff, would have liked more, go do this.
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Abby by: EDG 865
Read for a grad class.
Alicia Terrill (ReadCover2Cover)
Another read for my grad classes. Frankly, not one of the best. I just didn't get much out of it. . . Plus, it was super boring. Oh well . . .
Nov 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
I will be teaching foundations of literacy during the spring semester and this is one of the books. Any comments?
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Main focus is writing difficulties, included examining the effectiveness of technology (i.e., word processing, spell checkers), strategic instruction designed to help struggling writers be more planful and reflective, and the teaching of the basic mechanics of writing (handwriting, spelling, and sentence construction). Learning disabilities are also an interest.

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