Learning 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…]
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WriteSteps is a comprehensive, stand-alone writing program for grades K-5. Resources address the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) 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, and conventions). Learning List completed reviews of the comprehensive (K-5) program.WriteSteps develops writing skills characterized by CCSS “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. Across grade levels, instruction includes opportunities for students to work with peers, participate in collaborative writing projects, and to develop editing and revision skills. Writing tasks are connected to students’ lives and experiences and include integrated instruction in grammar and usage. See video overview on the right.
Each unit includes a Formal Core Writing assignment that serves as a summative assessment. Rubrics based on the CCSS and the 6 Traits of Quality Writing support the evaluation of student work. At grades 2-5, WriteSteps includes a writing prompt early in each unit that may be used as a pre-assessment of students’ skills. Click here for a Free Trial.
WriteSteps Founder & CEO Suzanne Klein is a former K-5 teacher and writing consultant with extensive training in writing pedagogy best practices, especially writer’s workshop and 6 Traits. Klein holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and draws inspiration from teachers such as Ralph Fletcher, Barry Lane, Lucy Calkins, Katie Wood Ray, and John Collins. WriteSteps is a 2015 SIIA CODIE Finalist and a 2015 AAP Revere Awards Finalist.
*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from WriteSteps.
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