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Strategies for Writers

Grades K-8

Strategies for Writers

Strategies for Writers is a flexible writing and grammar solution that prepares all students to be confident, proficient, and effective 21st century writers, ready for next generation assessments, college, and career.

Students learn strategies for using the six traits of writing at every step of the writing process to

  • thoughtfully communicate and support opinions (opinion or argument writing).
  • efficiently examine complex ideas (informative/explanatory writing).
  • thoroughly convey experiences and events both real and imagined (narrative writing).

The Next Generation Assessment Edition of Strategies for Writers meets 100% of the Writing and writing-based Language Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and prepares students to successfully apply writing skills on performance-based next generation writing assessments. Students

  • learn to analyze assessment tasks using student models of Close Reading and Writing to Multiple Sources assessments in the CCSS text types.
  • practice taking technology-based, constructedresponse assessments modeled on PARCC andSBAC.

Key Features

  • Lessons use four levels of differentiated instruction for English-language learners
  • Modeled text types deconstruct writing so students learn how to write through comparison and example
  • Simple lesson plans provide teachers with extra support and classroom ideas

Skills Exercised

  • Writing and thought organization
  • Sentence and paragraph structure
  • Effective communication

Core Materials Grades K-1

  • Teacher Guide—Detailed, developmentally appropriate lesson plans for genres in each of the four modes of writing (narrative, informative/explanatory, opinion or argument, and descriptive) at three levels (emerging, developing, and advanced)
  • Teacher Resource Package— Blackline masters for each lesson and more
  • Mentor Texts for Young Writers— Big book with a model for each of the writing genres in each grade level
  • Write-on/Wipe-off Cards—Set of eight laminated graphic organizers and handwriting guidelines for collaborative writing
  • Poster Pack—Ten posters to reinforce lessons
  • My Writer’s Word Book—Lists of high-frequency writing words with space for students to add their own favorite words (includes 25 word books)
  • My Writing Folder—A place for each student to organize his or her writing (includes 25 writing folders)

eTeaching Tools provides digital access to the core instructional materials in the Classroom Package. It is an enhanced Teacher Guide eBook that links at point-of-use to

  • printable and projectable blackline masters fromthe Teacher Resource Package.
  • projectable mentor texts.

Teachers can embed links to media resources and save their notes and highlighted text.

Core Materials Grades 2–8

  • new, explicit next-generation assessment lesson plans.
  • differentiated instruction.
  • daily and weekly planners.
  • Common Core State Standards correlations and references at point of use.
  • professional-development podcasts and screencasts.

Teacher Edition is comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and easy-to-use. Instruction incorporates genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process and includes

  • new, explicit next-generation assessment lesson plans.
  • differentiated instruction.
  • daily and weekly planners.
  • Common Core State Standards correlations and references at point of use.
  • professional-development podcasts and screencasts.

Next Generation Assessment Practice gives students hands-on practice with interactive tests modeled on PARCC and SBAC assessments. The practice test for each CCSS text type consists of two parts, Close Reading and Writing to Multiple Sources, and can be delivered with or without scaffolding for students. These tests are included with purchase of a Strategies for Writers classroom set and are also available for purchase separately

view full list of components with ISBN Numbers.

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