Connections Between Reading & Writing for Children

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  • 0:01 Literacy
  • 1:01 Reading & Writing Connections
  • 2:15 Tips for Teachers
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

Reading and writing are intimately connected to each other. While this may seem intuitive to many adults, this isn't always clear to children. In this lesson, we'll look at what teachers can do in the classroom to help students with both.


Carlene is very excited about starting a new school year, but she's a little nervous, too, because things are different this year. In the past, she's always taught literacy as a whole unit to her students, but now she's been asked to teach only writing, while another teacher will teach reading to her students.

Literacy is an important life skill and involves proficiency in reading and writing. As an academic subject, literacy can span subjects like reading and writing, as well as more detailed areas, like phonics instruction and spelling.

Some schools teach literacy all together, but many schools teach reading and writing as separate subjects. Is this a good idea? Or should they be taught together?

To help Carlene understand the separate yet connected nature of different elements in literacy, let's examine the connections between reading and writing and some tips for how teachers can use those connections to help their students succeed.

Reading & Writing Connections

Carlene is used to teaching reading and writing together, and that makes sense to many people, because there are many connections between reading and writing. In many ways, they go together. For example, studies show that there is a correlation between success in one and success in the other. That is, students who are good at reading are often good at writing, too.

This makes sense to Carlene. Many of the things that you learn in reading are also true in writing. For example, when teaching reading to her students, Carlene often points out the differences in types of texts. A magazine article about spiders is structured very differently from a short story about a girl who is afraid of spiders! Understanding the ways that different types of texts are organized and written helps readers to understand what they are reading.

But that same knowledge also helps writers be better at what they do. Knowing the way a magazine article is written differently from a short story can help Carlene's students write each of those things better.

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