The Science of Writing
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If you’re an educator or hold any role in the PreK-12 education landscape, you’ve almost certainly heard of the science of reading — but what do you know about the science of writing? As districts turn toward evidence-based instructional practices that ensure students develop foundational reading skills, more educators are calling attention to the importance of evidence-based instruction for writing, too. Here’s an overview of what we know about the science of writing:
What’s Next for the Science of Reading: Focus on the Science of Writing
A Look at Reading-Writing Connections
“Many of the skills and cognitive processes involved in reading and writing overlap or are interrelated. The knowledge students draw upon when reading overlaps with the knowledge they draw upon to write. For example, knowledge about vocabulary, purpose, and text organization helps inform how students comprehend, interpret, and construct text.”
Read What’s Next for the Science of Reading: Focus on the Science of Writing here.
How to Teach Writing, According to Research
Best Practices for K-12 Writing Instruction
“Learning to write is an empowering gift for any learner. The ability to persuade, to communicate their ideas to others, and to apply their knowledge from various subjects is an invaluable skill both in and out of the classroom. Time spent writing collaboratively and engaging in peer reviews can also be a powerful outlet to build community, foster empathy, and promote self-expression.”
Read How to Teach Writing, According to Research here.
How to Give Students Helpful Feedback on Writing
Tips for PreK-12 Writing Teachers
“Feedback from teachers helps students identify their strengths and areas for growth, helps them engage in the metacognition required to evaluate their writing, and helps them embrace the growth mindset required to accept the iterative nature of the writing process.”
Read How to Give Students Helpful Feedback on Writing here.
Peer Reviews in the Elementary Classroom
Fostering a Creative Community of Young Writers
“For young writers just acclimating to the exciting, iterative, (and sometimes messy) writing process, peer reviews are an important step in learning how to evaluate, communicate, and revise.”
Read Peer Reviews in the Elementary Classroom here.