Table of Contents

Effective Writing Instruction


Chapter 1 Developing effective writing instruction 
Key ideas 
Deliberate planned and regular instruction 
Engagement and motivation 
Creating a writing-rich environment 
Metacognition and self-regulation 
Students as active participants in their own learning 
Teaching writing processes, strategies and skills is long term 
Embedding formative assessment practices 
The importance of talk 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 2 Assessment information to inform teaching 
Key ideas 
Effective assessment enables effective instruction 
Gathering and analysing assessment information 
Using student assessment information to inform ‘next steps’ instruction 
Finding out about students’ ideas and perceptions about writing 
Graphic organisers 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 3 Preparing for writing 
Key ideas 
Linking to prior knowledge 
Knowledge and understanding of the purpose for writing 
Planning for writing 
Graphic organisers 
Using prompts to support student planning 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 4 Teaching approaches 
Key ideas 
A range of approaches 
Modelled writing 
Shared writing 
Guided writing 
Paired writing 
Peer writing 
Collaborative writing 
Independent writing 
Skill-focused mini-lessons 
Online writing opportunities 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 5 Purposes for writing 
Key ideas 
Writing has many purposes 
Preparing to write 
Writing to entertain 
Writing to persuade 
Writing narrative 
Writing as a tool for learning 
Graphic organisers 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 6 Composing text 
Key ideas 
Developing quality writing 
Sentence construction 
Chapter summary

Chapter 7 Revising text 
Key ideas 
The reflective writer 
Revising: Editing writing 
Revising: Proofreading writing 
Graphic organisers 
Chapter summary 

Chapter 8 Celebrating and responding to writing 
Key ideas 
Opportunities for instruction 
Innovating on writing 
Developing writing projects 
Investigating the writing of others 
Providing choice 
Celebrating and enjoying the finished product 
Maintenance programs for writing 
Chapter summary 

References and recommended reading