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Study Shows Gain In Writing By Sharing The Pen

While reading has been getting a lot of attention lately, the corollary skill of writing in the early grades is often overlooked.  People often assume that writing for young children means “handwriting.” Or they may envision writing as “writing down words” and practicing spelling. But there’s more to it than that. Young children need to practice writing as the act of composing, organizing thoughts into sentences and conveying new ideas. Is it possible to fit writing instruction into an already demanding school day? If so, will it work?