Somewhere between tackling math problems and reading for meaning, kids are expected to write a LOT. They have to write narratives, letters, book reports, informative papers, 3-5 paragraph essays, Power Point presentations and persuasive papers.
With all of the writing kids do, many struggle to come up with words to put on paper. Learning to write can be incredibly rewarding but it can also be painstaking and frustrating.
Writing is a process and the ability to write does not develop naturally. To become good writers children need explicit instruction.
When children are taught the craft of proficient writing, they gain unbelievable power, not only as writers, but also as thinkers, learners and readers.