Center for the Collaborative Classroom’s Being a Writer is a supplemental writing program for students in grades K-5. The program provides genre-based writing instruction intended to help students develop a love of writing and an appreciation for expressing their thoughts in writing.
The program focuses on academic as well as social and ethical learning through the creation of a classroom writing community. Being a Writer scaffolds and vertically aligns writing and social skills instruction across grade levels. The lesson structure includes daily independent writing time. Writing instruction throughout the program is genre based and focused on authentic writing. The program does address preparation for standardized writing tests beginning in grade three.
Being a Writer encourages students to think critically and creatively by selecting their own topics, structuring their own ideas, and providing evidence to support their opinions. Intentional connections between reading and writing are evident in the program. Teachers use authentic texts as models for writing, and students consistently write about what they have read.
Extensive professional development resources, a teacher’s guide with notes and instruction, and robust online instructional resources support teachers at each step in planning, instruction, and assessment. Teacher materials support work in teacher teams and professional learning communities.
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About Center for the Collaborative Classroom*
Collaborative Classroom, a nonprofit organization, improves the school experience of children around the globe by providing teachers with engaging curricula and ongoing professional learning that support the academic as well as the social and emotional development of the students we all serve.
Our mission is to provide a sustainable, scalable, and affordable way for schools and districts to implement research-supported teaching practices that support teachers with helping students grow as readers, writers, and thinkers as they develop the social and emotional skills necessary to thrive.
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