Dorothy Latham includes ideas for sound and easy ongoing assessment of writing and shows how certain strategies can improve children's progress in writing.

Stages of Writing Development and Their Evaluation

Stages of writing development and their evaluation

Milestones

Composition – Structural development and stages – Early writing and support strategies – Organization of independent writing and developmental indicators -Prioritizing criteria for simple and effective ongoing assessment – The Writing Profile and The Reading Profile – Chapter summary – Teacher activity

Composition

While the secretarial aspects are merely the means to the end, composition aims to communicate, and here the ability to reflect is central (Bereiter and Scardamalia, 1987). Describing how this operates in both the compositional and the reviewing stage of writing, Corden includes in his list anticipation, critical evaluation, the ability to re-formulate, to elaborate, and to consider the intended audience (Corden, 2000). However, Corden comments that Bereiter and Scardamalia think ...

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