Teacher and class write together using a shared pen technique.

Interactive writing involves a sharing of the pen between teacher and children. The focus of Interactive Writing is on concepts and conventions of print, the sounds in words and how the sounds connect with letters. Children actively plan and construct the text. For the most part, children also control the writing of the text. The teacher guides this process and provides appropriate pacing, assistance and instruction when needed.

Interactive Writing demonstrates early reading strategies and how words work. Children are given the opportunity to plan and construct text. Because students generally control the writing of the text, spelling knowledge increases, as well as the ability to construct words through connecting letters, clusters of letters, and sounds. Text created in an Interactive Writing experience can be used for independent reading in the classroom and thus provides a connection between reading and writing.
Interactive Writing Site
Interactive Writing: How Language & Literacy Come Together, K-2 (Paperback)