Interconnect the principles

We know that, like a field of flowers, the principles of Writing For Pleasure teaching benefit greatly from rich cross-pollination.

Description of the principle

Research cannot emphasise strongly enough that all these principles, critical to the effective teaching of writing, are powerfully interconnected and should be considered as such. Think, where do you currently see your practice making links between them, and where is more development going to be required?

What Writing For Pleasure teachers do

  • These teachers apply the principles of Writing For Pleasure in rich combination.

Reviewing your practice: questions to consider

  • For the principles of Writing For Pleasure to work most effectively, they must be interconnected as much as possible. Where do you currently see your practice making links between these different principles and where is more development needed?

Examples from the classroom

To be completed

Supporting documents

Suggested further reading

  • Calkins, L., Ehrenworth, M., (2016) Growing extraordinary writers: leadership decisions to raise the level of writing across a school and a district In The Reading Teacher  Vol.70(1) 7-18
  • Calkins, L., Hohne, K., Robb, A., (2015) Writing Pathways Heinemann: USA
  • CLPE (2017), Writing in primary schools: what we know works London: CLPE
  • Department of Education WA (2013) First steps: writing map of development Department of Education WA [ Accessed: 27th April 2019] Department of Education WA (2013) First steps: writing map of development Department of Education WA
  • Dombey, H., (2013) Teaching Writing: What the evidence says UKLA argues for an evidence-informed approach to teaching and testing young children’s writing UKLA: London
  • Grossman, P. L., Loeb, S., Cohen, J., & Wyckoff, J. (2013). Measure for measure: The relationship between measures of instructional practice in middle school English Language Arts and teachers’ value-added scores. American Journal of Education, 119(3), 445–470.
  • Gadd, M., (2014) ‘What is critical in the effective teaching of writing?’ The University Of Auckland
  • Graham, S., & Perin, D. (2007) Writing Next: Effective Strategies To Improve Writing Of Adolescents In Middle School & High Schools Alliance For Excellent Education
  • Graham, S., McKeown, D., Kiuhara, S., Harris, K., (2012) A Meta-Analysis of Writing Instruction for Students in the Elementary Grades In Journal of Educational Psychology Vol. 104, No. 4, 879–896
  • Hall. K, & Harding, A., (2003) A systematic review of effective literacy teaching in the 4 to14 age range of mainstream schooling Institute OF Education: London
  • Higgins, S., Martell, T., Waugh, D., Henderson, P., Sharples, J., (Education Endowment Fund) (2017) Improving Literacy In Key Stage Two EEF: London
  • Hillocks, G. (1986). Research on written composition: New directions for teaching. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Hodges, T., (2017) Theoretically speaking: an examination of four theories and how they support writing in the classroom The Clearing House Vol 90(4) pp.139-146
  • Ings, R., (2009) Writing Is Primary: Final research report. London: Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
  • Koster, M., Tribushinina, E., De Jong, P.F., Van de Bergh, B., (2015) Teaching children to write: A mata-analysis of writing intervention research Journal of Writing Research 7(2), 249-274
  • Langer, J. A. (2001). Beating the odds: Teaching middle and high school students to read and write well. American Educational Research Journal, 38(4), 837–880.
  • Medwell, J., Wray, D., Poulson, L. & Fox, R. (1998). Effective teachers of literacy. A report commissioned by the UK Teacher Training Agency.
  • Morizawa, G., (2014) Nesting the Neglected “R” A Design Study: Writing Instruction within a Prescriptive Literacy Program Unpublished: University of California, Berkeley. 
  • Parr, J. M., & Limbrick, L. (2010). Contextualising practice: Hallmarks of effective teachers of writing In Teaching and Teacher Education, 26(3), 583–590.
  • De Smedt, F., Van Keer, H., (2014). A Research Synthesis on Effective Writing Instruction in Primary Education. In Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 112: 693–701.
  • Troia, G., (2014) Evidence-Based Practices for Writing Instruction CEEDAR: Michigan State University.
  • Varble, M., (1990) Analysis of writing samples of students taught by teachers using whole language and traditional approaches Journal of Educational Research 83(5) p.245-251

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