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"Writing organizes and clarifies our thoughts. Writing is how we think our way into a subject and make it our own. Writing enables us to find out what we know—and what we don’t know—about whatever we’re trying to learn." ― William Zinsser, author of Writing to Learn

Writing skills are demanded by employers, job training programs, and academic institutions. Technologies like email and social media make writing an even more integral part of daily life, both at home and in the workplace. In this section, you’ll find helpful links for educators who teach writing.

Spotlight Resources

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TEAL Just Write! Guide
This comprehensive resource on evidence-based writing instruction for ABE teachers highlights quick fact sheets and effective teaching strategies.

Our Voices, Our Lives, Our Communities
This civics-focused curriculum from Prince William County integrates process writing into lessons for beginning and intermediate/advanced adult ESOL students.

The OWL at Purdue (Purdue University Online Writing Lab)
The OWL is an online writing handbook, reference guide for instructors, and activity sourcebook. Topic areas include grammar, mechanics, research and citation, job search writing, and English as a Second Language.

Contextualized Grammar Instruction for College Transition Students
Contextualized grammar instruction is the alternative to "drill and kill." This short, reader-friendly guide gives excellent suggestions for somewhat, mostly, and entirely contextualized grammar activities for instruction that will engage students of any level.

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