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.

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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, MA. 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 co-authored a report with The Education Trust entitled, Checking In: Do Classroom Assignments Reflect Today’s Higher Standards? that summarized an analysis of over 1800 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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  • Contents
  • 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: 978-162531-116-0ISBN: 978-162531-B15-3
Hashtag: #interactivewriting

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