Our previous post highlighted several evidence-based strategies for teaching secondary students to write effectively. In this 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 third recommendation, informed in part by the work of WRITE Center leader Dr. Carol Booth Olson, is to use assessment to inform instruction. While many experienced educators recognize the value of frequent and formative assessment, the guide offers new and informative methods for better leveraging assessment and feedback to drive student growth.
Feedback occurs on many levels, in many mediums, and can delivered by peers, the student, or a teacher. The following webpage includes a number of activites to foster writing development through feedback administered in a variety of forms
The Educators' Guide also offers a number of suggestions on how to get more traction with these strategies if students are struggling.