Writing Classes

Introductory Writing Class students are introduced to a story that establishes the unit theme and features 8, 10, or 12 spelling words. Students are then presented with activity pages that provide meaningful spelling and writing practice, centering on the unit's theme. Activities may include practice with the following:

  • Grammar and punctuation rules

  • Vocabulary exercises

  • Creative writing

  • Text-dependent writing

Each unit ends with a skills assessment page, in which students take a spelling test, edit a sentence, and answer questions about the skills presented in the unit.

The Upper Level Writing Class is ideal for preparing students for writing assessments and meeting new standards. This class offers scaffolded text-based writing practice with essential nonfiction writing forms, such as:

  • Compare and contrast

  • Explanatory

  • Informative

  • Cause and effect

  • Opinion

  • Argument

  • Sequence

Activities prepare students to complete text-dependent writing prompts in content-area topics that fall under the categories of biographies, science, and social studies.

Students begin each writing assignment with a lesson checklist which guides them through the learning path, which includes:

  • A dictionary page that introduces content words

  • Close reading of a leveled nonfiction article

  • Text-dependent comprehension questions to support understanding

  • A graphic organizer to help students organize information from the article and plan their writing

  • A text-dependent writing prompt

  • A writing evaluation that guides students in evaluating their essay

 

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