Beliefs About Writing

As a collective of educators, we have common beliefs about the teaching of writing. There are several professional organizations that have belief statements that are similar to the North Star of Texas Writing Project and the National Writing Project.

  • The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has constructed a document titled NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing. This document can be found by clicking here.
  • The International Literacy Association (ILA, formerly IRA) operates based on a set of goals. One of the stated goals of ILA is to promote reading and writing as lifelong habits and endeavors. Lifelong reading and writing habits are also part of the goals and beliefs of the NSTWP.
  • ILA, in conjunction with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, published a document titled The Reading Writing Connection which highlights the inseparable connection between reading and writing education.

Here are some of the national reports on writing.

  • Writing Next – Graham, S., & Perin, D. (2007). Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools – A report to Carnegie Corporation of New York. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.
    • This report provides 11 key elements of effective adolescent writing instruction as identified by meta-analysis with ideas for implementing the elements along with a review of the research on adolescent writing instruction.
  • Writing to Read – Graham, S., & Hebert, M. (2010). Writing to Read: Evidence for How Writing Can Improve Reading – A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York. Washington, DC: Alliance for Excellent Education.
    • This report provides recommendations for using writing to improve reading as identified by meta-analysis with ideas for implementing these recommendations and research for the future.
  • The Neglected “R” – National Commission on Writing. (2003). The Neglected “R”: The Need for a Writing Revolution. New York, NY: College Entrance Examination Board.
    • This report highlights a writing agenda for the nation which includes time, measuring results, and technology. Also mentioned is the need for teachers to focus on writing and the need for professional development on this topic.
  • The latest from the National Commission on Writing – National Commission on Writing. (2011). Teachers are the center of education: Writing, learning, and leading in the digital age. New York, NY: College Board, National Writing Project, and Phi Delta Kappa International.
  • The Nation’s Report Card: Writing 2011 – National Center for Education Statistics. (2012). The nation’s report card: Writing 2011 (NCES 2012-470). Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.

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