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#ILAchat: Interactive Writing

By ILA Staff
 | Jan 11, 2016

Tweet_chat_image_1-2016_600x600_proof1To engage students in writing, educators have turned to an approach that has one name but many forms: interactive writing. Interactive writing is the process of discussion and negotiation between student and teacher to better develop and encourage young writers. But diving into this process can be a bit daunting.

Enter Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. Join these interactive writing experts Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. ET for the next #ILAchat on Twitter, where they’ll lay out the basics of interactive writing and give practical suggestions on how to use the method in the classroom.

Fountas, a professor at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, has been a classroom teacher, a language arts specialist, and a district consultant around the world. She publishes resources for comprehensive literacy programs that quickly become staples for literacy instruction across the United States.

Pinnell is Professor Emeritus in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University. She has extensive experience in classroom teaching and field-based research, and in developing comprehensive approaches to literacy education.

Fountas and Pinnell have both individually and as a team researched in depth how students learn best and published several books, including Interactive Writing: How Language & Literacy Come Together, K–2 (Heinemann, 2000).

Follow #ILAchat and @ILAtoday at 8 p.m. ET Jan. 14 to join the conversation about how interactive writing can support and encourage emerging writers.



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