WriteStepsLearning List recently reviewed WriteSteps, which is a supplemental stand-alone writing program for grades K-5. Resources address the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and state standards for writing and grammar and are available in print and digital formats. Instruction focuses on developing writing skills using the “6 Traits of Quality Writing” framework (i.e., ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and include a 7th trait, presentation).The CCSS are referenced throughout materials; pacing guides and correlation documents for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are provided. [Read more…]

Across grade levels, WriteSteps focuses on developing writing skills characterized by “text types.” Text types include opinion, informative/explanatory, narrative, research, and, at grades 3-5, response to literature. Content is organized in multi-day units that focus on a particular text type. Units are made up of lessons that cover a day’s worth of content and address a short “Focus Skill” writing task (e.g., write an informative text that introduces a topic and incorporates facts).

Across grade levels, instruction includes opportunities for students to work with peers, participate in collaborative writing projects, and to develop editing and revision skills. Students begin revising their writing in Kindergarten, and editing skills are introduced in the first grade. In grade 2, students begin the process of reviewing and scoring their own writing using rubrics. In grades 3-5, students reflect on their writing experiences and work with peers in the editing and revision process.

About WriteSteps*

WriteSteps is an evidence-based, award-winning, digital and print, K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program that covers narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing texts aligned to the Common Core writing and grammar conventions standards. The daily lesson program gives teachers and students everything they need to develop their craft with confidence.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from WriteSteps.

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