Teaching Writing

The Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing (developed collaboratively with representatives from the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Writing Project) identifies the following habits of mind that are essential for success in college writing:

  • Curiosity – the desire to know more about the world.
  • Openness – the willingness to consider new ways of being and thinking in the world.
  • Engagement – a sense of investment and involvement in learning.
  • Creativity – the ability to use novel approaches for generating, investigating, and representing ideas.
  • Persistence – the ability to sustain interest in and attention to short- and long-term projects.
  • Responsibility – the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and understand the consequences of those actions for oneself and others.
  • Flexibility – the ability to adapt to situations, expectations, or demands.
  • Metacognition – the ability to reflect on one’s own thinking as well as on the individual and cultural processes used to structure knowledge.

No matter what grade you teach, it’s worth considering how your instruction fosters these habits of mind through writing, reading and critical analysis experiences.

Some Ideas to Consider

Host a Write-In
In hosting a Write-In, writing professionals and writing classes at every grade and level across the country will compose texts that reflect on and advocate for literacy learning.

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing 
Few sources available today offer writing teachers such succinct, practice-based help—which is one reason why the National Writing Project’s 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing was the winner of the Association of Education Publishers 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Materials.

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to draft an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create! Check out this amazing program for young writers that allows them to compose online!

We’ll be adding more ideas to this page soon!

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