Posts Tagged "WriteSteps"

Helping Kids Learn to Write

A recent New York Times article titled Why Kids Can’t Write explores the reasons behind U.S. students’ poor writing skills.  The article asserts that the root of writing problems lies with teachers, most of whom have not been trained in how to teach writing, and who are not confident writers themselves. The article goes on to cite specific efforts, such as the National Writing Project and The Writing Revolution, that are focused on training educators how to teach writing skills, as well as the research on effective writing instruction, which suggests a few concrete strategies. For example, students should learn to transcribe by hand and using a computer. Instruction should teach students to write strong sentences before introducing paragraphs. Students benefit when writing instruction integrates grammar, includes models of good writing, and provides frequent feedback about the students’ own writing.

At Learning List, we believe that high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials, including writing materials, are critical to teachers’ effectiveness in the classroom. In our work this summer, we have reviewed several supplemental products that focus on teaching writing skills and preparing Texas students for the grade 4 STAAR Writing test. These products use different approaches, but each strives to improve students’ writing skills: [Read more…]

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New Product Review: WriteSteps

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…]

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New Reviews: WriteSteps (K-5) Writing & Grammar Program

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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.

Click above for Video [courtesy of WriteSteps]

Click above for Video [courtesy of WriteSteps]

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.

About WriteSteps*

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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