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Good writing is taught and caught – How to encourage developing writers

Good writing is taught and caught – How to encourage developing writers

Providing students with an environment designed for feedback, positive support and the exploration of language, is the best way to raise better, more confident writers. In this article, Professor Steve Graham explores the importantance of both the ‘taught’ and ‘caught’ approaches to writing. Good writing is a complex and demanding task [1], with many competing mental actions a writer must activate and orchestrate. Consider the seemly simple process of writing a sentence. The writer must decide what to say, bringing one or more ideas forward and determining if each is suitable given the author’s intentions, the audience, and the context. The selected idea must then be made more precise, as the writer crafts it into a grammatically correct sentence, selecting……

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