Discipline: Professional Resources

Copyright: 2009

Grade(s): 2 - 6

Delivery Method: Print

Province: National

Imprint: Heinemann

Author(s): Curt Dudley-Marling, Patricia Paugh

A Classroom Teacher's Guide to Struggling Writers

What do struggling writers really need? The research says they need more of what every student needs: access to high-quality writing instruction. A Classroom Teacher’s Guide to Struggling Writers shares a framework for teaching every child that helps you give frequent, intensive, explicit, and differentiated support to students who struggle.

Curt Dudley-Marling and Patricia Paugh (coauthors of A Classroom Teacher’s Guide to Struggling Readers) draw on a deep, thirty-year research base as well as classroom knowhow. Through observations of master teachers they show how the writing workshop gives you the instructional space to

  • motivate reluctant writers through genre, topic choice, and collaboration
  • determine exactly where writers struggle through ongoing assessment
  • use assessment to target student needs in your minilessons
  • provide crucial one-on-one support during writing time and individual conferences
  • encourage growth in skills and craft simultaneously.

Best of all, A Classroom Teacher’s Guide to Struggling Writers illustrates how writing workshop can increase your instructional flexibility. You’ll find information to help you guide struggling writers in grades 2 through 6 in areas where they commonly need support, such as planning, fluency, audience, organization, genre, word choice, mechanics, and revision.