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November 3, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Good writing takes practice, not grammar drills, studies say

Lots of practice and word processing software can make students better writers, but pounding grammar rules and diagramming sentences could actually make them worse

Those are the lessons from the Hechinger Report’s Education by the Numbers blog, based on an analysis of research on how to teach writing from Arizona State University. Here are three effective practices from the blog post that aren’t always evident in the classroom:

1. Better writing takes practice and studies show that when students are asked to write frequently, they improve both the quality of their writing and their reading comprehension.

However, surveys of U.S. teachers reveal that after third grade, very little time is spent writing in classrooms.

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