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Effective Writing Instruction : Evidence-based classroom practices - Alison Davis

Effective Writing Instruction

Evidence-based classroom practices

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Becoming a competent and confident writer is an exciting process for learners. It can also be a demanding process.

Effective Writing Instruction provides teachers and students with the knowledge and skills to become active and engaged in the process of learning to write – and learning from writing. This resource provides explicit support for effective classroom instruction in writing.

It provides many examples of how teachers can plan for and develop instructional approaches and activities that actively engage their learners in understanding and monitoring their own progress and achievement in writing. This includes specific approaches for:

  • developing effective writing instruction
  • understanding and using assessment to inform teaching
  • preparing students for writing
  • teaching approaches
  • purposes for writing
  • composing text
  • revising text
  • celebrating and responding to writing


Chapter 1 Developing effective writing instruction 
Key ideas 
Deliberate planned and regular instruction 
Engagement and motivation 
Creating a writing-rich environment 
Metacognition and self-regulation 
Students as active participants in their own learning 
Teaching writing processes, strategies and skills is long term 
Embedding formative assessment practices 
The importance of talk 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 2 Assessment information to inform teaching 
Key ideas 
Effective assessment enables effective instruction 
Gathering and analysing assessment information 
Using student assessment information to inform ‘next steps’ instruction 
Finding out about students’ ideas and perceptions about writing 
Graphic organisers 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 3 Preparing for writing 
Key ideas 
Linking to prior knowledge 
Knowledge and understanding of the purpose for writing 
Planning for writing 
Graphic organisers 
Using prompts to support student planning 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 4 Teaching approaches 
Key ideas 
A range of approaches 
Modelled writing 
Shared writing 
Guided writing 
Paired writing 
Peer writing 
Collaborative writing 
Independent writing 
Skill-focused mini-lessons 
Online writing opportunities 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 5 Purposes for writing 
Key ideas 
Writing has many purposes 
Preparing to write 
Writing to entertain 
Writing to persuade 
Writing narrative 
Writing as a tool for learning 
Graphic organisers 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 6 Composing text 
Key ideas 
Developing quality writing 
Sentence construction 
Chapter summary

Chapter 7 Revising text 
Key ideas 
The reflective writer 
Revising: Editing writing 
Revising: Proofreading writing 
Graphic organisers 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 8 Celebrating and responding to writing 
Key ideas 
Opportunities for instruction 
Innovating on writing 
Developing writing projects 
Investigating the writing of others 
Providing choice 
Celebrating and enjoying the finished product 
Maintenance programs for writing 
Chapter summary 

References and recommended reading


ISBN: 9781743207383
ISBN-10: 1743207387
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 158
Published: 1st June 2013
Country of Publication: AU