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Interest in the teaching of writing has dramatically increased in the last few years. Teachers who have often had little formal training in writing education find themselves searching for ways to assist their students to become better writers. The Desirable Teaching Behaviors described below were identified by the Parent Education Follow Through Program (Ware, 1980). They can help teachers provide effective instruction in writing and deal with all three stages of the composing process: precomposing (prewriting or planning), composing, and post-composing activities (revising and editing).

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