ABSTRACT

Interactive writing is most effective when integrated into a comprehensive literacy framework that supports writers in a variety of important ways. The authors make connections between interactive writing and the writing process, the gradual release of responsibility model, and language and reading development. Interactive writing is a writing practice that falls within the "we do" portion of the gradual release of responsibility model. Although it yields big results in students independent writing, interactive writing is not meant to be the sole form of writing instruction. In addition to the independent writing benefits, interactive writing offers instructional opportunities in oral language, word study, and reading development simultaneously. Oral language is practiced and refined throughout interactive writing as you and the students engage in rich and rigorous conversations.