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Writing Instruction Resources

Welcome to the ATLAS Writing Instruction resource library! This page is for all ABE/ESL writing teachers, from those teaching basic writing skills to those teaching GED, adult diploma, and transition to the workplace or post-secondary. This updated resource library is now organized into seven categories. They are listed over to the right (click on a category to view all posted resources) and below with brief descriptions about the content. Some of the writing categories are brand-new and will be populated soon…so check back frequently!  

  • Research and Professional Development
    National reports, research reviews, or websites that inform best practices for "learning to write" and "writing to learn"
  • Mechanics
    Resources for teaching how to form Roman alphabet letters, spell, capitalize, and punctuate (writing features that do not exist in oral language)
  • Grammar
    Resources for teaching how English words are formed (morphology) and combined (syntax) into phrases, clauses, and sentences
  • Sentence and Paragraph Writing
    Resources for teaching how to write simple/compound/complex/compound-complex sentences, combine words/phrases/clauses/short sentences, and compose cohesive paragraphs
  • Essay Writing
    Resources for teaching how to write informative (topics and supporting evidence), narrative (real or imagined experiences or events), and argumentative (opinions and supporting evidence) essays
  • Workplace Writing
    Resources for teaching how to write effectively in workplace contexts (cover letters, resumes, emails, memos, etc.)
  • Reading/Writing Connections
    Teacher-student activities that combine, connect, and enhance interrelated reading/writing skills (together known as literacy)

To learn more about writing instruction in Minnesota ABE, visit the Writing Instruction for Adults page

Adults communicate in writing on a daily basis through notes to children’s teachers, work activity logs and forms, e-mails to family and co-workers, online service forms, shopping lists, and so on. Adults in postsecondary education or technical training courses face expectations to produce a variety of writing products from lecture notes, summaries, and critiques to research papers and essays. The pervasiveness of writing in daily life underscores the need for learners and their instructors to focus on adults becoming flexible, fluent, and confident writers.

... Preparing adult learners for further education or work advancement requires that educators help learners improve their writing skills, increase confidence in their ability to write, and embrace the goal of writing well as a means of communication and expression.

- from Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy