Writing Instruction for Students in Every Classroom
- Author: Jordan Penc, Graduate Student
- State: NY
- Test: All Tests
- Date: November 28 at 6:01 pm ET
The focus on writing in schools today, at any grade level, is very limited and left on the back burner. State programs that teachers follow are so focused on reading, that writing is often left out of instruction or a minimal part of instruction. Donald Graves is a major advocate for writing instruction in the classrooms. In 1978 his Ford Foundational Study, Balance the Basics: Let Them Write argued for the special role of writing in student learning.
Writing is a skill that does not have to be practiced just in ELA. It can be used in all of the other content areas as well, just as reading is a part of all of the content areas. If writing can easily be integrated in all subject areas then why is it not enforced more in instruction in classrooms today?
Maybe this could be because teacher preparation programs do not offer courses in writing instruction. Again, the focus is pushed on reading only. I believe that the teacher preparation programs should demand teachers to incorporate writing in their classroom instruction because students need to learn these skills in order to be the literate self that society expects them to be.