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Donald H. Graves
Donald Hiller Graves

September 11, 1930
DiedSeptember 28, 2010 (aged 80)
Academic background
EducationBridgewater State University (MEd)
University at Buffalo (EdD)
Academic work
Sub-disciplineWriting education
Military career
Service/branch United States Coast Guard

Donald Hiller Graves (September 11, 1930 – September 28, 2010)[1] was an American author and educator who specialized in the field of writing education.

Early life and education[edit]

Donald H. Graves was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. His parents were a nurse and school principal. He earned a Masters in Education from Bridgewater State University. In 1973, Graves completed a doctorate in education at University at Buffalo.[2]


Graves served in the United States Coast Guard before becoming an elementary school teacher and school principal. He is recognized as an expert in the field of writing education.[2] He pioneered new methods of teaching writing[3][4] and published 26 books in 25 years, primarily on the topics of teaching and writing.[5] He believed that all children can write,[6] and viewed writing as an important form of self-expression.[7] The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named the Donald H. Graves writing award in his honor.[8] Graves died on September 28, 2010 in Falmouth, Maine.[2]


  1. ^ "Donald Graves Obituary".
  2. ^ a b c "Remembering Donald H. Graves - National Writing Project". www.nwp.org. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  3. ^ Salmans, Sandra (1988-11-06). "NEW DIRECTIONS; Go Away, Dick and Jane". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  4. ^ "He Changed How Children Are Taught to Write". UNH Today. 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  5. ^ Writer, Dennis HoeyStaff (2010-10-04). "Feature Obituary: Donald Graves, 80, teacher and author of 26 books". Press Herald. Retrieved 2018-12-16.
  6. ^ "The Write Way" (PDF). UNH Journal.
  7. ^ "NCTE - National Council of Teachers of English". library.ncte.org. Retrieved 2021-01-08.
  8. ^ "NCTE Teaching Awards". PCTELA. Retrieved 2018-12-16.

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