The Literacy Squared Approach to Asset-Based Writing Instruction
Biliterate Writing from the Start
Communication and Language

The bestselling book Biliteracy from the Start introduced the Literacy Squared model, an innovative framework designed to promote and enhance biliteracy in Spanish-English speaking children. Now there’s a follow-up book on biliterate writing, with an in-depth focus on seeing biliteracy as an asset, building on children’s strengths, and supporting students’ writing skills in both languages.

Contains Companion Materials
00472 978-1-934000-47-2
2023 162
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Developed by highly respected experts through nearly two decades of research, this book shows bilingual educators how to use the Literacy Squared model to design effective writing instruction that places Spanish and English side by side. Focusing on emerging bilinguals in Grades K–5, this research-based guide supports educators through every step of planning and implementing biliterate writing instruction and monitoring student progress. Educators will learn proven strategies for teaching writing in tandem with other language arts skills, and they’ll get an invaluable Literacy Squared Writing Rubric to help them assess children’s developing writing in both Spanish and English.

A must for teachers, administrators, and leadership teams, this book prepares readers to deliver high-quality bilingual writing instruction—starting from the earliest years of school.


  • Discover how an asset-based approach to biliterate writing helps students’ skills flourish in both languages
  • Make cross-language connections to help students connect what they know in one language with what they’re learning in another
  • Learn how and why explicit teaching of oracy enhances writing development in both Spanish and English
  • Learn about a highly effective strategy for helping students develop cross-language metalinguistic awareness
  • Get practical, grade-specific guidance for nurturing biliterate writing in kindergarten, Grades 1–2, and Grades 3–5
  • Link writing standards to Social Justice Standards to help students problem solve, think critically, and advocate for positive change

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: In each chapter, Key Terms, Guiding Questions, and Reflection and Action Questions help readers retain important points and put their new knowledge into practice. Educators will also get sample biliteracy units, student work examples, and lessons from real classrooms to guide their writing instruction.

See more from the same authors: Biliteracy from the Start

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About the Authors
Foreword Allison Briceño, Ed.D.

Chapter 1: Literacy Squared, and Why We Need to Focus on Biliterate Writing
Chapter 2: The Role of Oracy and Writing in Teaching Foundational Skills
Chapter 3: TheDictado Method for Writing Instruction
Chapter 4: Nurturing Biliteracy in Emerging Writers in Kindergarten
Chapter 5: Cultivating Biliterate Writing in Grades 1 and 2
Chapter 6: Developing Biliteracy via Genre Studies in Grades 3–5: Biography
Chapter 7: Furthering Biliteracy via Genre Studies in Grades 3–5: Social Justice

Questions for Reflection and Action


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Amy Mosquera, Adelante Educational Specialists Group - October 20, 2023

Bilingual educators rejoice! Finally, a book that focuses on the importance of biliterate writing. The authors have provided the research and the theory that highlight the need to elevate biliterate writing in schools and have coupled it with practical strategies, examples, and ideas on how biliterate writing looks in kindergarten all the way through upper elementary. This is a must read for district leaders and teachers in a bilingual or dual language setting.

Mónica Lara, Senior Educational Consultant for Bilingualism and Biliteracy, Seidlitz Education - October 20, 2023

Finally, a resource that dual language teachers have been waiting for. This book provides guidance on how we can view the writing of emergent bilinguals as an asset to be developed instead of a problem to be fixed, paying close attention to biliterate pedagogies and diversity. Its essential message continues to be loud and clear: Let’s view biliteracy as the way to teach EBs. ¡Ya es hora!

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