Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Updated: 09-29-2012
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Writing is one of the most important forms of communication! It enables us to show what we know to other people. It allows us to remember things that we might otherwise forget. It's useful for organizing our thinking and it permits us to share our ideas with others, too. In addition, it's one of the main ways by which learning is measured and judged in school! In short, writing is a valuable tool, a way to get things done in the world, and a key to success in life!

Yet it must also be said that writing well can be very difficult! Dr. Louisa Moats, an expert in the field of reading and writing instruction, puts it this way: "Writing is the MOST complicated language skill that any of us have to master." Dr. Steve Graham, whose work focuses on helping kids who have difficulty in this area, notes that: "One of the things that we often see with kids who struggle with writing is that they develop an intense dislike for it." His research shows that two-thirds of kids start out with transcription problems (i.e. difficulties with spelling or printing) and an equal number struggle with other parts of The Writing Process — like coming up with ideas, organization or editing.

Why do so many people find it so hard? Put simply, effective writing demands the use of many different skills — and many different kinds of knowledge — so problems can develop in many different areas!

THE GOOD NEWS is that nearly everyone can learn to write well! The keys to success are determination, effective instruction and lots of practice — and our website includes many different kinds of supports to help you do just that!

This section introduces POWER, a systematic approach to writing. Each letter represents an important stage of "The Writing Process" — Prewriting, Organizing, Writing drafts, Editing and pResenting your work. Separate, detailed pages for each stage introduce a whole bunch of strategies that you are encouraged to try!

Check out our spelling helps, handwriting pages and/or Drill Cards for help with the kinds of transcription problems outlined above.