Our previous post highlighted several evidence-based strategies for teaching secondary students to write effectively. In the IES Educator's Guide, a panel of experienced writing teachers and writing researchers outline ways to implement high-leverage practices for writing in secondary classrooms across content areas. The second recommendation, informed in part by the work of WRITE Center leader Dr. Carol Booth Olson, is to combine reading and writing together in an activity or assignment to help students learn about important text feautres and how to implement them for different purposes.
Feel free to take a closer look at Recommendation 2 in the IES Guide, which includes strategies like teaching students to disitngush the features of strong writing before applying these features to their own writing in the same genre. The example below illustrates how one might use reading strategies to help students write strong interpretive essays:
The Educators' Guide also offers a number of suggestions on how to get more traction with these strategies if students are struggling.
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