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Strategies for Writers

Strategies for Writers Next Generation Assessment Edition
Clear Writing Results


A proven, effective solution for the next generation of writers

The new Strategies for Writers Next Generation Assessment Edition teaches students to use the writing process and six traits to be effective writers—and how to apply this knowledge to written assessments.

What’s new?
  • Explicit next-generation assessment writing instruction in the CCSS text types
  • Technology-based next-generation assessment practice tests
  • Professional development podcasts and screencasts for teachers

The proven-effective, genre-specific instruction teachers and students love remains intact.

Our six-point plan for writing success

1

Explicit Instruction

Provide focused, explicit writing instruction at all grade levels. Explicit writing instruction begins in Kindergarten and continues through Grade 8 of Strategies for Writers.

2

Effective Models

Model effective writing for students. Strategies for Writers provides clear, age-appropriate rubrics and exemplar writing models that students analyze to inform their own writing.

3

Dedicated Time

Devote significant time to writing. Strategies for Writers provides ample opportunities to write for different tasks, purposes, and audiences for varying lengths of time.

4

Text Types

Emphasize the text types critical for success in college and career. Students learn to examine and convey complex ideas for informative/explanatory writing and support claims using valid reasoning and evidence for opinion or argument writing.

5

Assessment Preparation

Provide writing instruction for next-generation assessments and opportunities to practice under assessment conditions. Strategies for Writers prepares students to meet the demands of PARCC and SBAC assessments with instruction and technology-based practice.

6

Professional Development

Make professional development a priority. We deliver customizable, high-quality training in the CCSS text types, writing process, and six traits of writing.

Writing defines the 21st century classroom

The CCSS’ emphasis on writing skills reflects the reality of today’s increased needs for social and civic engagement and changing workforce demands. Read how and why we must change the way we teach writing in our white paper.

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“It's the best writing program I've used
in 14 years of teaching.”

- Leland Nunes, Middle School Assistant Principal, St. John Vianney School, Rancho Cordova, CA

 

Samples of the new Next Generation Assessment Edition of
Strategies for Writers are now available.

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Core Materials: Grades K—1

Classroom Package provides everything teachers need to deliver developmentally appropriate core instruction with print resources. Classroom Package includes:

  • 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 two-sided 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 from the Teacher Resource Package.
  • projectable mentor texts.

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

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Core Materials: Grades 2—8

Teacher Edition and Teacher Edition eBook are
comprehensive and easy-to-use. Instruction incorporates
genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing
for every step of the writing process and includes a
daily planner, Common Core State Standards correlations
and references at point of use, additional optional
revising lessons and more.

With the eBook, teachers can

  • create bookmarks.
  • save notes and highlighted text.
  • embed links to media resources.
  • toggle between teacher and student pages.

Student Edition and Student Edition eBook provide
student-friendly, self-guided writing instruction, presented
in flexible units that can be completed in any order. Within
each mode of writing, students have the opportunity to
write in multiple genres, including writing across the
curriculum and test writing.

With the eBook, students can

  • create bookmarks.
  • search for keywords.
  • save notes and highlighted text.

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Digital Support Materials

 

Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers provides a large variety of online interactive whiteboard activities and presentation resources to complement the program’s CCSS-based writing and grammar instruction.

Grades K–1 include:

  • Projectable mentor texts
  • Word builder
  • Sentence builder
  • Virtual word wall
  • Instructional videos
  • High-frequency word games and more

Grades 2–8 include:

  • Interactive rubrics
  • Grammar games and proofreading activities
  • Interactive anchor papers
  • Content-area writing prompts
  • Instructional videos and more

Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities can be completed by students in school or at home, and teachers can monitor their progress using the website’s Classroom Management System.

Online Essay Grader and Writing Tutor, powered by Vantage Learning’s MY Access!®, provides students immediate feedback, holistic scores, and unlimited response submissions. Grades 5–8.

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Print Support Materials: Grades K—1

Print Support Materials: Grades 2—8

 
Write-on/Wipe-off Cards promote hands-on collaborative writing in whole- and small-group instruction. Eight large, laminated cards display graphic organizers for prewriting activities as well as handwriting guidelines and space for drawing, labeling, and writing. Use with dry-erase markers.
My Writer’s Word Book provides alphabetical lists of high-frequency writing words as well as space for students to record their own favorite words for writing. Pack of five books.
My Writing Folder features two pockets to hold student writing and helpful writers’ references, including the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting alphabet, writing checklists, and proofreading marks. Pack of five folders.
 
Teacher Resource Package includes Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book; Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Teacher Edition; and Grammar Practice Masters.
Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book and Teacher Edition provides a comprehensive, five-step lesson for each skill to differentiate instruction and ensure that students achieve mastery.
Grammar Practice Masters includes 50 reproducible grammar activity masters and provides valuable additional practice. Follows the same scope and sequence as the Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book.

Posters: Grades K—8

Research

Poster Pack includes posters that promote students’ understanding of writing concepts, such as the writing process, the six traits of writing, writing modes, types of sentences, parts of speech, proofreading marks, and more. Writing Research: A Guide to Curriculum Planning provides a useful collection of recent research about teaching writing as a process, developing writers, teaching writing strategies, writing traits, writing and technology, and more.


Review a next-generation assessment lesson

To meet the demands of PARCC, SBAC, and other assessments, Strategies for Writers teaches students to apply their writing skills by analyzing model assessment sources, questions, and responses before practicing assessments of their own. Assessment instruction in each of the text types begins in Grade 2.

Next-Generation Opinion Assessment
Students learn how to apply what they have learned about opinion writing to assessments by analyzing the student writing partner’s responses to a model assessment with two text sources. Students also practice taking an opinion assessment.

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Next-Generation Informative/Explanatory Assessment
Students learn how to apply what they have learned about informative/explanatory writing to assessments by analyzing the student writing partner’s responses to a model assessment with three text sources. Students also practice taking an informative/explanatory assessment.

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Next-Generation Opinion Assessment
Students learn how to apply what they have learned about opinion writing to assessments by analyzing the student writing partner’s responses to a model assessment with one video and two text sources. Students also practice taking an opinion assessment.

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Next-Generation Informative/Explanatory Assessment
Students learn how to apply what they have learned about informative/explanatory writing to assessments by analyzing the student writing partner’s responses to a model assessment with three text sources. Students also practice taking an informative/explanatory assessment.

View Chapter

Next-Generation Argument Assessment
Students learn how to apply what they have learned about argument writing to assessments by analyzing the student writing partner’s responses to a model assessment with three text sources. Students also practice taking an argument assessment.

View Chapter

Next-Generation Informative/Explanatory Assessment
Students learn how to apply what they have learned about informative/explanatory writing to assessments by analyzing the student writing partner’s responses to a model assessment with three text sources. Students also practice taking an informative/explanatory assessment.

View Chapter

Next-Generation Argument Assessment
Students learn how to apply what they have learned about argument writing to assessments by analyzing the student writing partner’s responses to a model assessment with three text sources. Students also practice taking an argument assessment.

View Chapter

Practice tests are here

The new edition of Strategies for Writers not only provides explicit, comprehensive instruction for how to write for next-generation assessments in each of the CCSS text types, it gives you ample practice tests to assess students’ readiness for next-generation assessments. Practice tests are modeled on PARCC and SBAC assessments and can be administered on computers and tablets. Download a sample practice test for your grade level and try it out with your class.

The Grade 2 sample practice test is for the Opinion text type. Give students 55 minutes to complete Part 1, Close Reading, and 70 minutes to complete Part 2, Writing to Multiple Sources.

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The Grade 3 sample practice test is for the Informative/Explanatory text type. Give students 55 minutes to complete Part 1, Close Reading, and 70 minutes to complete Part 2, Writing to Multiple Sources.

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The Grade 4 sample practice test is for the Opinion text type. Give students 45 minutes to complete Part 1, Close Reading, and 70 minutes to complete Part 2, Writing to Multiple Sources.

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The Grade 5 sample practice test is for the Informative/Explanatory text type. Give students 55 minutes to complete Part 1, Close Reading, and 70 minutes to complete Part 2, Writing to Multiple Sources.

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The Grade 6 sample practice test is for the Argument text type. Give students 35 minutes to complete Part 1, Close Reading, and 70 minutes to complete Part 2, Writing to Multiple Sources.

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The Grade 7 sample practice test is for the Informative/Explanatory text type. Give students 35 minutes to complete Part 1, Close Reading, and 70 minutes to complete Part 2, Writing to Multiple Sources.

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The Grade 8 sample practice test is for the Argument text type. Give students 35 minutes to complete Part 1, Close Reading, and 70 minutes to complete Part 2, Writing to Multiple Sources.

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Samples of the new Next Generation Assessment Edition of
Strategies for Writers are now available.

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Strategies for Writers Online Writing Center

Strategies for Writers Online Writing Center offers a completely digital writing and grammar classroom experience. Perfect for 1:1 computing, the Online Writing Center provides rich multimedia applications that appeal to students and help teachers manage and deliver engaging instruction.

Students use technology to

  • complete writing assignments.
  • collaborate with others.
  • analyze assessment tasks and student models of Close Reading and Writing to Multiple Sources assessments in the text types.
  • practice taking constructed-response assessments that mimic new online assessments.
  • learn the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics—and much more!

Online classroom access

Online Writing Center includes access to the program’s interactive resources through centralized student and teacher dashboards. Each classroom license includes an account for the teacher and up to 30 students.

Teacher Dashboard

  • Includes a user-friendly Classroom Management System for making differentiated writing and grammar assignments
  • Gives teachers the option to provide feedback to students at each step of the writing process and assess students’ completed assignments using My Writing Pad
  • Houses interactive eBooks and assessments, multimedia teaching resources, a virtual file cabinet of teaching masters, and the Class Writing Pad application for collaborative writing and modeling

Student Dashboard

  • Allows students to compose their writing, receive ongoing teacher feedback, and complete assigned grammar practice both at school and at home
  • Includes interactive resources that engage and challenge students as they work collaboratively and independently
  • Provides a digital record of students’ writing throughout the year in My Writing Portfolio
 

Samples of the new Next Generation Assessment Edition of
Strategies for Writers are now available.

Request a Sample

 



Success with Strategies for Writers

A learner-verification study of 4th and 7th graders in 22 schools demonstrated that students using Strategies for Writers made gains in writing proficiency that were significantly higher than gains made by control groups using other materials, including stand-alone writing programs and basal reading programs. The effect was pronounced for the text types most critical for future academic and workplace success: opinion or argument and informative/explanatory.

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Educational Research, Articles, Information, and Resources

Mar 27
From the winter 2014 issue of Scholastic Adminstr@tor magazine, read this profile of Strategies for Writers, which includes interviews with a teacher who participated in the Strategies for Writers learner-verification study, the researcher who ran the study, and Strategies for Writers consulting author, Scott Miller.
Feb 19
Many of Barbara Brignone's students viewed writing as a chore—until they were introduced to Strategies for Writers.
Feb 19
Strategies for Writers engaging technology components helped motivate students to learn this critical skill.
Feb 19
When Marie Johnson used Strategies for Writers in her classroom, her students achieved real writing results.
Feb 11
A learner-verification study shows that students who used Strategies for Writers—versus those using alternative materials, including stand-alone writing programs and basal reading programs—showed significant gains in their writing abilities.
Feb 6
An independent study by the University of Cincinnati Evaluation Services Center revealed that students using Strategies for Writers outperformed students using other materials, including stand-alone writing and basal reading programs, for writing instruction. The executive summary of the results describes the study’s parameters, the significant writing score improvements made by Strategies for Writers students, and participant teacher perceptions.
Feb 3
In "The Write Stuff: Preparing the Next Generation of Writers," James Scott Miller, Strategies for Writers consulting author, adeptly frames a plan for tackling the coming “writing revolution.” His thorough understanding of the implications of the Common Core State Standards—and the coming assessments—on writing instruction grounds his compelling case for elevating and intensifying the role of writing in education.
Nov 15
An article by James Scott Miller, M.Ed., discussing the benefits of rubrics in measuring quality of writing.
Oct 2
A highly effective format for process writing instruction, this article discusses how the Writer’s Workshop incorporates authentic practices within a consistent structure.
Aug 30
An article by Rebecca Bowers Sipe, Ed.D., covers how the six traits of the writing process are essential elements of effective writing instruction.
Aug 15
Rebecca Bowers Sipe, Ed.D., discusses the 30 years of foundational research that provided the basis for Strategies for Writers.
Jun 22
Amy Humphreys, Ed.M., addresses the importance of differentiating instruction and the related evidence-based information that is available with Strategies for Writers Extensions Online.
Jan 25
Steve Graham, Ed.D., explores the current state of writing achievement in the United States and the foundational skills and strategies that underlie good writing ability. Graham also provides a prescription for writing success, to better prepare students for the Common Core State Standards, college, and career. This white paper has been reposted with permission from its publisher, Saperstein Associates.



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