Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools, Revised Edition
February 2006, Jossey-Bass
INTRODUCTION: Why Writing Matters.
ONE: Improving Student Writing: Challenges and Expectations.
TWO: Learning to Write.
THREE: Writing to Learn.
FOUR: Professional Development.
FIVE Standards and Assessments for Writing.
SIX: What Administrators Can Do to Create Effective Writing Programs.
The National Writing Project (NWP) is a nationwide professional development program for teachers begun in 1974 at the University of California, Berkeley. Through its extensive network of teachers, the NWP seeks to promote exemplary instruction of writing in every classroom in America.
Carl Nagin is a journalist, editor, and teacher. He has worked for the PBS series Frontline, and his articles have appeared in such national publications as The New Yorker, the New York Times, and Art and Antiques where his writing was nominated for a National Magazine Award. He taught writing at both the high school and college level for more than fifteen years as a faculty member at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music.
- The definitive guide to teaching writing effectively in schools
Sponsored/authored by the nation's most respected organization concerned with writing in schools
Updated to reflect most recent research and reports on the necessity for teaching writing .
Includes new sections on Writing and English Language Learners and on Technoogy and the Writing Process.
Recommendations are based on solid research and practices
Action steps are priroitized from the easily-achieved to the larger and longer-term.
—Aiken Essays in Education
"I just finished a fantastic book about writing. In about 120
pages, the authors synthesize years of insights into writing,
instruction, professional development, and assessment…I felt
like I learned something new with each page, or found on each page
some important new validation for what I already do in my own
—Jim Burke, Burlington High Scholl, California, CATEnet
"You would have to read hundreds of books and articles to
acquire knowledge comparable to what you can get by reading this
slim but full packed volume developed by the National Writing
Project and written by a journalist and writing teacher."
"Once I started reading, I could not put the book down until I
had finished. My copy of Because Writing Matters is riddled
with sticky notes to myself about how I can enhance my own efforts
to bring writing and the teaching of writing to the
—Voices from the Middle
"For the first time, in a reader-friendly format, those
strategies of successful school writing programs have been
documented in a new book titled Because Writing
—Town Talk Newspapers
"Timely and persuasive, Because Writing Matters offers
classroom teachers, administrators, and those who work with
pre-service teachers more than encouragement; it provides a
‘so what’ plus the ‘how to’ necessary to
make real changes in the ways writing is taught and assessed. One
of the book’s greatest strengths is the way relevant
information is succinctly presented.
"If you want or need to know more about teaching writing, the
bibliography is a comprehensive source. The great writing teachers
and well-known researchers listed here have built a knowledge base
for a discipline many of us have taken for granted."
—English Leadership Quarterly
"The NWP and Nagin have written a concise, well-organized primer
that introduces school leaders to writing as a thinking and
—Bryn Mawr/Haverford College Journal of Teacher Education