Teacher Resources

Writing

Developing Reading and Writing in Second-Language Learners

This book was created as a summary of the full volume, Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners, reporting the findings of the National Literacy Panel on language-minority children and youth.

Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers

This practice guide provides four recommendations for improving elementary students’ writing. Each recommendation includes implementation steps and solutions for common roadblocks. The recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence. This guide is geared toward teachers, literacy coaches, and other educators who want to improve the writing of their elementary students.
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Tips for ESL Students on Reviewing and Improving Written Work

This article outlines five practical ideas for ELLs in the upper elementary grades and above to self-review and improve their written work in English. It contains working examples of problems teachers often encounter in students' writing.

Using Personal Photographs to Spark Narrative Writing

Ahola (2004) explains how to use photographs as a tool to spark narrative and descriptive writing among ELLs who are at the intermediate or advanced level.