Writing is a powerful outlet. It gives voice to your students and can help them develop into creative and critical citizens.
Writing is an output — a manifestation of students’ analytical thinking — and should occur in response to inputs. Whether those inputs are literary works, mentor texts, your own modeled writing, or background-knowledge-building nonfiction will depend on the situation.
Writing should occur as frequently as possible.
Students should analyze and problem-solve around their writing as often as possible. This helps students take ownership of their progress and provides natural ground for relationships and classroom culture to flourish.
Rubrics & exemplars help teachers figure out the complexity, length, and content that students at a certain grade level should be writing.