Interactive Writing

Chelsie Beougher, Section C, 9/10/15

What is interactive writing?

A process where the teacher and students work together to create a meaningful text. The teacher acts as a high level of support to guide the students through the entire writing process.

Why is interactive writing a powerful teaching approach?

- it uses the "sharing the pen" approach, where the students take turns actually writing a part of the text.

- it has the students and teacher discussing details of the writing process along the way

- promotes independent writing

- compliments and strengthens other writing processes

- deeply guides the students through the writing process

- allows for discussion on conventions of a text (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure, etc)

Key details to remember when using interactive writing in the classroom.

- authentic and meaningful

- keep the students engaged

- keep the pace as fast as the grade level can handle

- teacher must promote discussion amongst the students

- relate text back to shared experiences amongst the students

- think about what going to write, discuss as a group, compose, discuss and improve upon things, use the share pen approach, and review as a group.

Give yourself a deeper understanding of what interactive writing looks like by clicking the link below!

Ways to use interactive writing in the classroom.

- writing a thank you note to someone who came and did a presentation to the class

- class recordings during a science experiment

- summarizing a story

- writing weekly newsletter passage to inform the parents of what they learned about during the week at school

Interactive Writing

My opinion on interactive writing.

Interactive writing is so simple yet so complex. The process of it is so simple, while the content being modeled is complex. The students are able to work together and with the teacher to create a meaningful text that they all can relate to, how is that not great? Instead of the teacher modeling the process, it is the students themselves modeling for each other. They are getting the practice of the writing process along with many other things like spelling, punctuation, capitalization. The teacher really has to focus on guiding the students through the process but not doing it for them. I think that in the beginning, interactive writing may seem like something that just isn't quit working like they say it will in the article, BUT i believe its something that takes practice. As the year goes along the students will participate more and won't need as much guidance. They will be able to apply all writing concepts as they go along and create a meaningful text. I truly believe that interactive writing is a great way to promote independent writing in the classroom. I am a strong believer in teachers modeling what is expected but I also strongly believe that the students modeling the process shows that they understand the concept and can independently apply it.


What are some other ways you can use interactive writing in the classroom?

Do you think interactive writing is more beneficial in the lower grades or upper grades? Or do you think its very beneficial in both?

Would you use interactive writing in your future classrooms?


Roth, Kate ; Dabrowski, Joan

The Reading Teacher, 2014, Vol.68(1), pp.33-44 [Peer Reviewed Journal]