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Writing Disabilities

by Joan Sedita | 1 | 0 Comments

The Reading Rockets website has long been a resource I recommend to educators and parents for any topic related to literacy instruction. For this blog post, I’m featuring several Reading Rockets resources related to writing disabilities.

Writing Disabilities: An Overview by Charles MacArthur offers an excellent summary of why some kids struggle with writing (especially those with learning disabilities), and how some instructional practices can help. MacArthur was part of the panel that wrote “Teaching Elementary School Students to Be Effective Writers”, an Educator’s Practice Guide published by Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.

In the article, MacArthur recommends that a well-designed program of writing instruction should address the social context of writing, knowledge about content writing, language skills, planning strategies, evaluating and revising strategies, self-regulation. All of these instructional practices are incorporated in my professional development program Keys to Content Writing.

Reading Rockets offers several other resources related to students with writing disabilities:

And here are two other resources related to writing disabilities:

Joan Sedita

Joan Sedita is the founding partner of Keys to Literacy and author of the Keys to Literacy routines. She is an experienced educator, nationally recognized speaker and teacher trainer. She has worked for over 35 years in the literacy education field and has presented to thousands of teachers and related professionals at schools, colleges, clinics, and professional conferences.

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