Read Writ (2008) 21:1–2 DOI 10.1007/s11145-007-9069-7 Research on writing development, practice, instruction, and assessment Introduction to a special issue of reading and writing Steve Graham Published online: 16 May 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007 Writing is a very powerful tool. It lets us communicate with people who are removed by both distance and time. It is a valuable mechanism for learning, as we can use it to explore, organize, and reﬁne our ideas about a topic. It provides a useful means for self-expression, as we can write to create imaginary places as well as persuade others that a particular viewpoint is preferred. It can be used to discover more fully who we are and what we think. We use writing to chronicle our experiences and reﬂect on what we know and how we feel. Learning to write well is a necessity for young people. Success in school and the world of work depend upon it. Students who struggle with writing are at a disadvantage in school, because it is the primary means by which teachers assess students’ content knowledge (Graham & Perrin, 2006). Furthermore, adolescents who struggle with writing are not equipped to meet the demands of college
Reading and Writing – Springer Journals
Published: May 16, 2007
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