Writing Resources

The materials on these lists are related to writing skills and teaching these skills to adults. They are for teachers and tutors, practitioners, adult learners and anyone interested in writing as an essential skill for everyday life. Every title in the list below is available, either free online or to borrow from the Decoda Library.

The following resources are good introductions to teaching writing to adults:

Improving adult literacy instruction: developing reading and writing (online)
Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2012.
This booklet, which is based on the report, Improving Adult Literacy Instruction, presents an overview of what is known about how literacy develops, the component skills of reading and writing, and the practices that are effective for developing them. (The full report is available to borrow from the library.)

Just write! guide (online)
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, 2012.
From the Teaching Effectiveness in Adult Literacy (TEAL) project, this guide provides research-based instructional practices in writing instruction. It covers strategy instruction, self-Regulated learning, Universal Design for Learning, formative assessment, differentiated instruction, and effective lesson planning. There is also a brief fact sheet on research-based writing instruction.

Literacy tutor’s guide: reading for meaning and the writing process
Edmonton, Alta.: Centre for Family Literacy, 2006.
Half of this concise, practical tutor’s guide contains a description of the writing process and strategies for teaching writing.

Sue Grief and Jan Chatterton. Leicester: NIACE, 2007.
This guide, based on writing research, develops a number of themes on teaching writing and provides examples of a variety of approaches.

Writing out loud. Reprint edition.
Deborah Morgan. Vancouver, BC: Decoda Literacy Solutions, 2015.
This book, a binder format reprint of the second edition, contains a collection of exercises and inspiring ideas to encourage learners to write. Designed for adult basic education and ESL educators, this user-friendly manual provides detailed steps for each writing activity, samples of student writing, and ways to adapt activities for students at different literacy levels.