This engaging, inviting textbook from a renowned expert in writing education provides all the knowledge, pedagogical strategies, and tools needed to enable any teacher to be an effective teacher of writing.

Using the five-step writing process as a foundation, the text describes how to teach the necessary skills related to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other writing mechanics, and addresses all major genres and stages of writing. Written in an authentic voice that exemplifies good writing, Johnson presents a variety of pragmatic, research-based strategies that support students’ writing development and encourage teachers to apply their own creativity and intelligence in the classroom.

This is an essential text for courses in writing instruction, literacy methods, and teaching English Language Arts (ELA).

chapter |4 pages


section Section I|14 pages


section Section II|47 pages

The Writing Process

chapter 4|5 pages

The Five-Step Writing Process

chapter 5|10 pages

Pre-Pre-Writing Strategies

chapter 6|4 pages

Strategies for Pre-Writing

chapter 7|7 pages

The Draft

chapter 8|4 pages


chapter 9|3 pages


chapter 10|5 pages

Sharing and Publishing

chapter 11|7 pages

The Basic Elements of Writing Workshop

section Section III|25 pages


section Section IV|41 pages

Writing Mechanics

chapter 16|7 pages

Grammar and Punctuation

chapter 18|6 pages

Sentences, Clauses, and Commas

chapter 19|6 pages

Paragraph Writing

section Section V|86 pages

Types of Writing in a Writing Curriculum

chapter 20|6 pages

Persuasive Writing

chapter 21|14 pages

Narrative Writing

chapter 22|9 pages

Expository Writing Part 1

Cognitive Operations

chapter 23|7 pages

Expository Writing Part 2

Teaching, Topics, Gathering Data, and Form

chapter 24|12 pages

Scientific Writing

chapter 25|5 pages

Language Art

chapter 26|16 pages


chapter 27|6 pages

Creative Dramatics and Writing

chapter 28|9 pages

Personal Communication

section Section VI|22 pages

Standards and Assessment