Educator Resources for Teaching Writing
Develop your middle and high school students’ writing skills with this collection of free resources for teachers, including activity ideas, full lesson plans, mentor texts and more. Most resources are ideal or adaptable for grades 8-12.
The teaching writing resources on this page are provided for free from Write the World and our partners as part of our mission to empower educators as they build students’ literacy, preparing learners for success in school, career, and life.
Featured: Global Writing Platform
Our free online writing platform is designed to support student writers ages 13-19 and their teachers.
You can request a private online group for your classroom where you and your students can write, conduct rubric-based peer and expert review, respond to prompts, upload curricula, facilitate portfolio assessment, and more.
Writing Competitions for Students
Students aged 13-19 are eligible to enter our free monthly writing competitions on writetheworld.org. See details.
Competitions are based on a topic or writing style, and encourage students to dig deeper into the writing process, try out new genres, and share their work with a community of eager readers.
The Art of Teaching Writing
Teaching writing is challenging but rewarding. Helping teenagers become effective writers means developing communication skills that will serve them long beyond their time in the classroom. Research shows that:
- Adolescents who can effectively express their thoughts and ideas through writing are more likely to excel in their studies and future careers.
- Writing can be a therapeutic outlet for teens to explore their emotions and develop self-awareness.
- Writing encourages critical thinking and the ability to articulate complex ideas.
By teaching teens how to write persuasively and coherently, we empower them to become informed and engaged global citizens capable of making a positive impact on the world around them.