Interactive Writing Across Grades

A Small Practice with Big Results, PreK-5

Interactive writing is a dynamic, unscripted instructional method in which the teacher and students work together to construct a meaningful text while simultaneously discussing the details of the writing process. Together they plan, compose, and review text in a variety of genres. The “interactive” piece involves group collaboration in planning and composing the writing through guided conversation and a unique “sharing the pen” technique where students do the actual writing.

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Interactive writing is a dynamic, unscripted instructional method in which the teacher and students work together to construct a meaningful text while simultaneously discussing the details of the writing process. Together they plan, compose, and review text in a variety of genres. The “interactive” piece involves group collaboration in planning and composing the writing through guided conversation and a unique “sharing the pen” technique where students do the actual writing.

Interactive writing harnesses the natural interactions teachers have with their students as they compose a writing piece. It allows for real-time differentiation and tailored scaffolding. Interactive writing fits within any writing curriculum and can be adapted to your classroom’s technology levels.

Interactive Writing Across Grades: A Small Practice with Big Results, Pre-K–5 is your how-to guide, unpacking this powerful method step-by-step—and grade by grade. The authors help you figure out where and how interactive writing fits within your literacy framework, regardless of the grade you teach. In these pages, you’ll find the following:

  • An overview of the interactive writing method and how it fits into your balanced literacy program
  • Concrete ways to launch interactive writing in your classroom to support both process and craft instruction
  • Step-by-step guidance to implement the method with students of all ages
  • Real classroom writing from every grade that shows what to expect at each phase of the process
  • “Listen in on a Lesson” vignettes that demonstrate the type of scaffolding you can offer during interactive writing lessons

Discover what makes interactive writing a particularly effective teaching practice that can support both emergent and fluent writers. Interactive Writing Across Grades can help you put this method to work in your classroom immediately.

Co-published with the International Literacy Association (ILA)

Kate and Joan teach us how to use this valuable approach to build students' confidence and competence. In doing so, more students will write better than ever!
Doug Fisher

About the Author(s)

Kate Roth has been a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, researcher, and literacy coach in the United States and China. Much of her work has focused on the interactive writing method and supporting teachers in their effort to implement it. Kate has also published twenty books for children on how to write as part of the Language Arts Explorer Junior series. She earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Columbia University, Teachers College and her Doctorate of Education in Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Joan Dabrowski is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Prior to this, she worked across the country as an education consultant and curriculum writer. In this role she supported teachers, principals, and district leaders to develop and refine their literacy and leadership practices. In 2015, she coauthored a report with The Education Trust entitled, "Checking In: Do Classroom Assignments Reflect Today’s Higher Standards?" that summarized an analysis of over 1,800 middle school literacy assignments in English language arts, history, and science. She has taught grades K-2 and 4-5, has been a district literacy coach, and was the Director of Literacy for the Boston Public Schools. She earned a master’s degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Doctorate of Education in K-12 School Leadership at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College.

Table of Contents

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  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Section One: An Overview of Interactive Writing
  • Chapter 1: A First Look at Interactive Writing
  • Chapter 2: Understanding Interactive Writing
  • Section Two: Working Through Each Part of an Interactive Writing Lesson
  • Chapter 3: Experience
  • Chapter 4: Prewrite
  • Chapter 5: Compose
  • Chapter 6: Share the Plan
  • Chapter 7: Review
  • Chapter 8: Extend
  • Section Three: Getting Started with Interactive Writing
  • Chapter 9: Eight Points for Preparation
  • Chapter 10: Pulling It All Together
  • Conclusion
  • References

Product Details

Grade Range: K-5
Media: 208 pp/paper
Year: 2016
Item No: 1115Item No: 1116Item No: 1B15
ISBN: 978-1-62531-115-3ISBN: 978-1-62531-116-0ISBN: 978-1-62531-B15-3
Hashtag: #interactivewriting

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