Search Mobile Navigation

The Next-Step Guide to Enhancing Writing Instruction

Rubrics and Resources for Self-Evaluation and Goal Setting, For Literacy Coaches, Principals, and Teacher Study Groups, K-6

Let Bonnie and Carrie affirm the good work you’re doing, and inspire you to read further and incorporate new ideas so that you can teach writing even more effectively, intentionally, responsively, and joyfully with cutting-edge ideas in writing instruction.

Special Offer: Save 30% off our list price automatically when you buy 15 or more.


In Stock

List Price: $34.38

Web/School Price: $27.50

eBook + Print Bundle
Full Description

Bonnie Campbell Hill and Carrie Ekey affirm the good work you’re doing, and inspire you to read further and incorporate new ideas so that you can teach writing even more effectively, intentionally, responsively, and joyfully with cutting-edge ideas in writing instruction.

Two detailed rubrics help you create classrooms in which young writers can flourish:

A rubric for leaders helps principals, staff developers, and literacy coaches ascertain what works at your school and what’s next so that together you can set schoolwide goals and provide time, resources, and professional development opportunities for writing instruction and word study.

A rubric for teachers helps them assess their strengths and areas for growth in teaching writing and word study.

Each chapter walks through one strand of the rubrics and provides opportunities to develop common language and practices for writing instruction and word study:

  • ponder boxes guide book study, stimulate discussion, and suggest next steps
  • book lists point the way to further professional learning
  • classroom photographs and vignettes from exemplary classrooms burst with practical examples and ready-to-use ideas

Additional Resource Information

(click any section below to continue reading)


Writing Instruction (Teacher Rubric)

Writing Instruction (School Rubric)

CHAPTER 1 Writing Workshop and Writing Process

Essential Books and Resources About Teaching Writing

Providing Writing Workshop Essentials

Putting the Pieces Together

Articulating a Gradual-Release Framework for Teaching Writing

Teaching the Writing Process

CHAPTER 2 Units of Study for Teaching Writing

The Units-of-Study Approach to Teaching Writing

Zeroing In: Genre-Based Units of Study

Writing Poetry, Writing Fiction, Writing Nonfiction, Writing Persuasive Pieces, Writing “Small Moments”, Writing Personal Narratives, Writing Memoir, Writing Essays, Writing Essays about Literature, Writing About Issues and Taking a Stand, Writing to a Prompt, Off the Beaten Track

CHAPTER 3 Writing Instruction in the Writing Workshop


Writing Folders and Writer’s Notebooks

Mentor Authors, Illustrators, and Mentor Texts

Struggling or Reluctant Writers

Gender and Writing

Technology and Writing

English Language Learners and Writing

Politics and Writing

Families and Writing

CHAPTER 4 Writing Conferences 135

Conferring with Students Effectively

Supporting Effective Writing Partnerships and Peer Conferences

CHAPTER 5 Word Study and Language Conventions

Introducing Word Study

Phonological Awareness

Teaching Phonics

Word-Solving Strategies

Teaching Vocabulary

Teaching Other Language Conventions: Handwriting, Punctuation, and Grammar

Modifying Word Study for English Language Learners

Communicating with Parents About Word Study


A: Professional Reading Log

B: Anne Klein’s Parent Newsletter About Writing

C: The Writing Process: A Parent Letter from Ben Hart

D: Megan Sloan’s Writing Conference Form

E: Phonological Awareness Development, Prekindergarten–Grade 2




Writing Workshop has been around for over twenty years, and since that time hundreds (maybe even thousands) of outstanding books and articles have been written about the teaching of writing in K–6 classrooms. It’s impossible to keep up with the abundance of knowledge and insights on the teaching of writing. Fortunately, we now have The Next-Step Guide to Enhancing Writing Instruction to guide our way. Bonnie Hill Campbell and Carrie Ekey, both remarkable and experienced educators, have travelled to schools all over the United States and to international schools throughout the world to teach, learn, and explore alongside students and teachers. This book is the synthesis of their findings.

The Next-Step Guide to Enhancing Writing Instruction is a brilliantly written, clear, concise, comprehensive overview of the workshop approach to teaching writing. It includes chapters on: writing workshop; units of study; writing instruction; writing conferences; and word study, and discusses genre studies, gender and writing, families and writing, word study, spelling and conventions, and ELL. It also gives us rubrics and resources for goal setting and a comprehensive book and resource list.

The Next-Step Guide to Enhancing Writing Instruction subtitle reads “for literacy coaches, principals, and teacher study groups, K–6” but I believe everyone should read this book. If you’re a novice to writing workshop, this is the book you should read first to help you on your journey as a teacher of writing. If you’ve been teaching writing for many years and consider yourself an expert, you should read this book to inspire you further and to help you incorporate new ideas. If you’re a literacy coach or a principal of a school, you should read this book to help you sift through the breadth of information to help others teach writing more effectively.

Georgia Heard
Author of The Revision Toolbox

Bonnie Campbell Hill and Carrie Ekey have done it again! After their last stunning book, The Next-Step Guide to Enriching Classroom Environments, these ladies have raised the bar, yet again, on modeling what exemplary teaching looks like. Not only will this book inspire you as a teacher in your on-going professional development, but it will also reaffirm all the great writing instruction you may already be doing in your classroom and without even realizing it! With each turn of the page, the reader quickly realizes the treasure which is held within its covers. The best part about reading The Next-Step Guide to Enhancing Writing Instruction is that it is like sitting down with Bonnie and Carrie and having a one-on-one conversation. Both books are a must have for beginning or veteran teachers alike! Tommy Duncan
The American International School of Muscat
Muscat, Oman