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EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING WRITING

EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING WRITING,Connie Monaghan

EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR TEACHING WRITING  
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Acknowledgments Thank you to Scott Coleman, Sherry Walton, and the faculty members of The Evergreen State College MIT 2006-2007 cohort. iv Abstract Because the success of students in school, in their personal lives, and in the work world is in large part dependent on their ability to communicate in written words, it is vital that teachers know the most effective means of teaching writing. The history of the teaching of writing is described, including controversies. The review of literature on the topic of teaching writing is organized into six areas: teaching in context vs. teaching discretely, connecting school literacy to home and community, the importance of relevance in student engagement, process vs. product, and classroom discussion. A central finding of the literature review is that despite teachers’ intentions to employ constructivist methods, pressure to meet state and federal goals influences their decisions to teach in a more traditional manner. Other conclusions are that effective teaching strategies include cohesive curricula, a collaborative social environment, connection to a student’s personal life, and
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