Guided Writing


  • Engage students in a brief, shared experience. You might read a short but fascinating section of an informational text, for example, or conduct a brief experiment.
  • Engage students in a rich conversation during this experience, expanding their linguistic ability for this topic.
  • Have students explicitly rehearse the ways in which they may decide to write about this experience.
  • Teach one or two specific strategies for writing.
    • Remember to teach strategies for all levels of writing decisions, including composing, text and sentence structures, spelling, and punctuation.
    • Provide brief examples or cue cards of strategies in order to support students’ immediate use.
    • Hold brief discussions with students about how they will integrate these strategies into their own writing during today’s lesson.
  • Provide students with time (5-10 minutes) to write at the small-group table but individually and as independently as possible.
    • Provide immediate individual guidance and feed forward while students write, assisting individual students in anticipation of needed reminders or assistance). Monitor students while they write and “lean in” in order to prompt and guide their thinking.
    • Students should experience sustained attention to writing, producing a short but complete piece of writing.
  • Include a brief sharing activity in which each writer’s immediate work is shared with an audience. This sharing will allow each writer to experience his/her newly written text as a whole.



Gibson, S. A. (n.d.). Guided writing. Retrieved from ReadWriteThink website:


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