In American schools reading and Writing are usually taught as separate subjects in the curriculum. This has been a convenient way to organize instruction even though for more than a century educators have advocated their integration. Research and pedagogy on integrating reading and writing (Chomsky, 1970; Loban, 1976; Smith, 1982) suggest "the facilitating effects of reading practice upon writing practice, and of writing practice upon reading skills" (Applebee, 1977; p. 536). Such proclamations have let to renewed interest and quests on the part of curriculum developers to design instructional programs that highlight relationships between expressive and receptive language skills.
Scott, D., & Piazza, C. L. (1987). Integrating Reading And Writing Lessons. Reading Horizons, 28 (1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol28/iss1/8