National Writing Project

Because Writing Matters: Improving Student Writing in Our Schools

National Writing Project and Carl Nagin (Jossey-Bass, 2003)



"At last a book that is both comprehensive and up-to-date on the status and importance of writing in America. [This] carefully researched book shows how writing can be marginalized through ineffective assessments yet be a force in student lives. This book is must reading for teachers, school district leaders, and policy makers who wish to restore writing to its rightful place in student learning."


Professor Emeritus, Education
University of New Hampshire

"Timely and persuasive, Because Writing Matters offers classroom teachers, administrators, and those who work with preservice teachers more than encouragement; it provides a "so what" plus the "how to" necessary to make real changes in the ways writing is taught and assessed."


University of Southern Mississippi
English Journal, September 2004

"Because Writing Matters is a highly accessible, reader-friendly book that reviews what we know about written language and that explains clearly how that knowledge can be used to build effective programs for teaching writing. I predict that this book will become an indispensable guide for policy-makers and legislators as well as for professional educators who strive to build research-based instructional programs."


Professor of Education, University of California, Berkeley

"Once I started reading, I could not put the book down until I had finished. My copy of Because Writing Matters is riddled with sticky notes to myself about how I can enhance my own efforts to bring writing and the teaching of writing to the the foreground."


University of Houston, Downtown
Voices from the Middle

"Because Writing Matters makes clear the connection between learning to write and learning to read. It easily explains how children can increase their comprehension of concepts and ideas in all content areas through the writer's craft. Busy principals who want to know what really matters in building a successful school writing program need to read this book."


Principal, General George G. Meade
Elementary School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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