Last week a new report, ?Writing to Read – Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading,? was released by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Alliance for Excellence in Education.
The authors of the report, Steve Graham and Michael Herbert, present compelling evidence that by including evidence-based writing practices in the classroom, such as teaching students how to write more complex sentences and other writing processes, teachers could do a better job of improving students? writing and reading skills.
Writing instruction mostly occurs at the elementary level, but only for 20 minutes a day, says the report. In more than half of U.S. high schools, students do not write more than one paragraph a month that involves analysis and interpretation.
Writing instruction is infrequent in science, social studies, and even language arts classes. Many teachers do not feel adequately prepared to teach writing.
Many schools, tutors, parents, and self-motivated students are using Merit writing software to fill this void.
What do you think? Should more writing lessons be included in the curriculum? Share your thoughts with us.