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Doing What Works: Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers

Produced by WestEd for the U.S. Department of Education


When students build strong writing skills at an early age, they gain an invaluable tool for learning, communication, and self-expression that will serve them for the rest of their lives.

This digital portfolio contains everything—including agendas, PowerPoint slides, facilitator’s notes, multimedia, sample materials, and handouts—needed to conduct two three-and-a-half-hour professional development sessions on how to teach elementary school students to be effective writers.

The professional development draws upon four research-based strategies that, implemented together, create effective environments for teaching, learning, and writing:

  • Create an engaged community of writers
  • Provide daily time for writing
  • Teach foundational writing skills
  • Teach students to use the writing process for a variety of purposes

Each workshop provides opportunities for participants to view media, explore sample materials, and perform self-assessments.

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Product Information

Product #: IN-14-03
Copyright: 2014
Format: Multimedia
Publisher: U.S. Department of Education