How can we build kids' writing skills, beginning in pre-K? What does the research tell us about effective strategies for teaching writing? And how can parents support their children's development as writers? Dip into these resources below to learn more. For examples of real student writing (pre-K to grade 3) — and advice on next-step instruction — check out our Looking at Writing resource. To see all of our writing resources, including the video library, visit Topics A-Z: Writing.
This practice guide, authored by national writing expert Steve Graham, provides four recommendations for improving elementary students' writing. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. Watch video interviews with Graham and other writing experts here.
Go inside Shana Sterkin's third grade class as she engages her students in writer's workshop. Everyone shares their writing, including Miss Sterkin. Watch as she helps the kids learn to identify "vivid verbs" and think about how they might use their own examples while writing their original fairytales.
Framed paragraphs — skeleton formats containing information about the main ideas and transition words — guide students in choosing and organizing supportive details. The RAFT strategy helps students understand their roles as writers, the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing, and the topic they'll be writing about. See all writing strategies >
Is your school using the new Common Core standards? This is a big change for students — and their parents. Get to know the four "anchors" of the Common Core writing standards and simple things you can do at home to help your child build skills in all of these areas.
When engaging in writing, young children often mirror what they see around them: adults and older children writing lists, letters, text messaging. They are observing the way writing is used in our everyday lives. Here are some simple suggestions (in English and Spanish) to encourage writing.
With her brother, Matt, Jennifer Holm has created two funny, popular graphic novel series — one featuring a very pink mouse (Babymouse) and another starring a very green amoeba (Squish). Family stories inspired Holm to write historical fiction novels for middle grade readers, including the Newbery Honor book, Our Only May Amelia.
Peek into the lives of emus, octopuses, orangutans, osprey, wolves, woodpeckers, and other fascinating animals in this lively collection of nonfiction picture books. Beautiful illustration, alliteration and onomatopoeia, and poetry help bring the animal kingdom to life.
Children are naturally fascinated by the lives of real people and the world around them. And building background knowledge is key to children's academic success. Our resources can help you find great nonfiction picture books and offer tips on how to get the most out of reading nonfiction. Nonfiction can sometimes turn a reluctant reader into an enthusiastic one!
In a world where children are "growing up digital," it's important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help parents manage the digital landscape they're exploring with their children.
Should teachers focus only on fluency and accuracy before comprehension and vocabulary? What's the right answer about sequence of instruction in a literacy curriculum? Here's what literacy expert Tim Shanahan believes.
From literacy expert Tim Shanahan, get these commonsense and effective ideas to help launch a young reader. These are things that all parents can do. Two examples: Tip #3: Talk to your kids (a lot) and Tip #5: Have them tell you a story.
Here's how this innovative program works: Students take brisk 20-minute walks as a class, while listening to the same kid-friendly podcasts. Podcast topics focus on science, social studies, and English language arts. The program also provides teachers and out-of-school time staff with a new way meet the needs of their students with alternative learning styles such as ADHD, dyslexia, and/or autism.
Uncover some great fiction and nonfiction books, apps, and a set of get-your-hands-dirty activities. Try your own archaeological dig, learn about ancient writing systems of the Egyptians and Native Americans, create your own family time capsule, and more.
Children can learn about family heritage at the same time they are improving their literacy skills. Using family-based writing projects, you can build a connection with parents, and help children see the value in their own heritage and in the diversity around them.
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