Writing can Improve Reading

June 21, 2010 at 3:51 PM 6 comments

by: Jennifer Perez

Parents, are you looking for a way to integrate two activities into one over the summer?  What if I told you that by integrating these two activities, you would promote reading AND improve overall comprehension? Are you still interested?  I HOPE so!

A study conducted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, found that the following three instructional practices improved reading:

1. Have students write about the texts they read. Writing about a text enhances comprehension because it provides students with a tool to visibly and permanently record, connect, analyze, personalize, and manipulate key ideas in text. Students’ comprehension of science, social studies, and language arts is improved specifically when they:

  • Respond to a text in writing
  • Write summaries of a text
  • Write notes about a text
  • Answer questions about a text in writing, or create and answer written questions about a text.

2. Teach students the writing skills and processes that go into creating text. Students’ reading skills and comprehension are improved by learning the skills and processes that go into creating text specifically when teachers:

  • Teach the process of writing, text structures for writing, paragraph or sentence construction skills
  • Teach spelling and sentence construction skills
  • Teach spelling skills.

3. Increase how much students’ write. Students’ reading comprehension is improved by having them increase how often they produce their own text.

Summer is the perfect opportunity to have your children reading and writing!  The two subjects really do go hand in hand!  Why not get your child/children excited about this new writing adventure and purchase just a few writing materials to add to their toolbox:

  1. Summer Composition Notebook
  2. Mechanical Pencils
  3. Colored Pencils for the occasional illustration
  4. Pocket Dictionary/Thesaurus
  5. Anything else your child may feel is necessary to create wonderful writing pieces.

Happy Learning & Writing!


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. heathercnelson  |  June 22, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Very good article! My son struggles with severe ADHD, therefore his penmanship has suffered. But not his love of reading or reading skills! He’s currently obsessed with the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series, so I encourage him to keep his own diary. He loves it! Great article, thanks!

    • 2. imtjen  |  June 22, 2010 at 6:08 PM

      Thank You Heather! I too had this experience with a student of mine several years back. He adored reading, but his penmanship was horrible! I actually encouraged him to type his work when possible which made a huge difference in his overall self-esteem. He was then more willing to try other things and not assume he “could not “do them because of his “label.”

      • 3. heathercnelson  |  June 23, 2010 at 12:58 PM

        Typing, good idea! Yeah, my son likes using my mini laptop LOL Just his size!

      • 4. imtjen  |  June 23, 2010 at 1:05 PM

        Give it a try and let me know how he responds to the activity!

  • 5. heathercnelson  |  June 23, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Oh I will. He comes back on Monday. Joint custody w/my ex. So I want to start him immediately, maybe even do a mini blog on my laptop but not publish it.

    • 6. imtjen  |  June 29, 2010 at 7:50 AM

      Is your son home yet?? Have you tried typing with him….If so, how is it working?


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