What is the Production and Distribution of Writing?

“Often, when people think of writing, they think of texts — finished pieces of writing. Understanding what writers do, however, involves thinking not just about what texts look like when they are finished but also about what strategies writers might employ to produce those texts.” (NCTE Beliefs About Writing).   As teachers guide students in writing effective arguments, informative/explanatory pieces, narratives, and other text types, explicit instruction in the techniques and strategies surrounding the production and distribution of writing will be imperative.

As stated in the Iowa Core ELA Standards, “To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students…learn to appreciate that a key purpose of writing is to communicate clearly to an external, sometimes unfamiliar audience, and they begin to adapt the form and content of their writing to accomplish a particular task and purpose” (22).

Why teach the Production and Distribution of Writing?

Whenever possible, teachers should attend to the process that students might follow to produce texts — and not only specify criteria for evaluating finished products, in form or content. Students should become comfortable with pre-writing techniques, multiple strategies for developing and organizing a message, a variety of strategies for revising and editing, and strategies for preparing products for public audiences and for deadlines. In explaining assignments, teachers should provide guidance and options for ways of going about it. Sometimes, evaluating the processes students follow — the decisions they make, the attempts along the way — can be as important as evaluating the final product. At least some of the time, the teacher should guide the students through the process, assisting them as they go. Writing instruction must provide opportunities for students to identify the processes that work best for themselves as they move from one writing situation to another.  Writing instruction must also take into account that a good deal of workplace writing and other writing takes place in collaborative situations. Writers must learn to work effectively with one another.                –NCTE Beliefs About Teaching Writing, May 2004


Iowa Core English Language Arts Standards

Writing Study Group of the NCTE Executive Committee. (2004). NCTE Beliefs About Teaching Writing. Retrieved from ncte