I've seen schools where they just go off and do an independent write in the truest sense - with no preparation in advance; just go ahead and write. I've seen schools spend a couple of weeks writing a text type, before writing a second one in independent writing books, but with a slight variation (e.g. instructions on how to do something similar - but slightly different - to what they wrote the first time). Other schools do lots of practise of the skills involved in the text type, then write the text and a couple of weeks later, write a similar one (slight variation) but with their literacy books open in front of them so they can look at the sentences they have been writing while they practised the skills. Is there a definitive way of doing an independent write? Can anyone provide a source of the 'correct' or standard approach to it? Thanks.