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Strategies for Writers Next Generation Assessment Edition
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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. View Video ›

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. View Video ›

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. View Video ›

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. View Video ›

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. View Video ›

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. View Video ›

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

Strategies for Writers instruction is delivered through the core materials below for each grade level, K–8. Additional support materials supplement core instruction.

  • K
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8

Kindergarten Core Materials

Deliver developmentally appropriate writing instruction with these core materials:

  • Kindergarten Teacher Guide (preview a sample)
  • Kindergarten Teacher Resource Package (preview a sample)
  • Kindergarten Mentor Texts for Young Writers (preview a sample)
  • Kindergarten eTeaching Tools, which provides the Teacher Guide, Teacher Resource Package, and Mentor Texts for Young Writers electronically

Teacher Guide

These resources provide everything teachers need to deliver core instruction for genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process.

To prepare students for successful writing in Kindergarten and beyond, this level of Strategies for Writers

  • encourages students to get their thoughts on paper by focusing on Prewriting and Drafting.
  • provides instruction for emerging, developing, and advanced writers in each of the text types.
  • covers 100% of the Writing and writing-related Language Common Core State Standards.

Featured Writing Genres

Kindergarten includes instruction for 36 genres across text types and writing proficiency levels (emerging, developing, and advanced). Featured genres include:

  • Narrative
    • Personal Narrative
    • Letter to a Friend
    • Story About My Friend
  • Informative/Explanatory
    • Recipe
    • Observation
    • Compare-and-Contrast Book
  • Opinion
    • My Favorite Person
    • Poster
    • My Favorite Book

Additional Support Materials

Support materials for Strategies for Writers supplement core instruction with engaging technology and print materials for both writing and grammar instruction and practice.

For Kindergarten, choose from

  • Write-on/Wipe-off Cards
  • My Writer’s Word Book
  • My Writing Folder
  • Poster Pack
  • Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers—for interactive whiteboard
  • Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities

Strategies for Writers

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Grade 1 Core Materials

Deliver developmentally appropriate writing instruction with these core materials:

  • Grade 1 Teacher Guide (preview a sample)
  • Grade 1 Teacher Resource Package (preview a sample)
  • Grade 1 Mentor Texts for Young Writers (preview a sample)
  • Grade 1 eTeaching Tools, which provides the Teacher Guide, Teacher Resource Package, and Mentor Texts for Young Writers electronically

Teacher Guide

These resources provide everything teachers need to deliver developmentally appropriate core instruction that introduces young writers to the writing process and the six traits of writing.

To prepare students for successful writing in Grade 1 and beyond, this level of Strategies for Writers

  • encourages students to get their thoughts on paper by focusing on Prewriting and Drafting.
  • provides instruction for emerging, developing, and advanced writers in each of the text types.
  • covers 100% of the Writing and writing-related Language Common Core State Standards.

Featured Writing Genres

Grade 1 includes instruction for 32 genres across text types and writing proficiency levels (emerging, developing, and advanced). Featured genres include:

  • Narrative
    • Personal Narrative
    • Letter to a Friend
    • Story About a Friend
  • Informative/Explanatory
    • Book of Facts
    • Compare-and-Contrast Paper
    • Directions/Map
  • Opinion
    • Response to Literature
    • Poster
    • Movie Review

Additional Support Materials

Support materials for Strategies for Writers supplement core instruction with engaging technology and print materials for both writing and grammar instruction and practice.

For Grade 1, choose from:

  • Write-on/Wipe-off Cards
  • My Writer’s Word Book
  • My Writing Folder
  • Poster Pack
  • Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers—for interactive whiteboard
  • Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities

Strategies for Writers

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Grade 2 Core Materials

Deliver developmentally appropriate writing instruction with these core materials:

Teacher Edition

These resources provide everything teachers need to deliver core instruction for genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process.

To prepare for next-generation assessments and gain the skills they need to be successful Grade 2 writers, students

  • write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences in multiple genres within the text types.
  • analyze writing models by reading closely.
  • writing to multiple sources using technology.
  • master the Grade 2 conventions of standards written English.

Writing Genres

Grade 2 includes instruction for nine genres, three in each of the three text types, plus next-generation assessment writing and additional practice writing descriptive elements. Genres include:

  • Narrative
    • Personal Narrative
    • Friendly Letter
    • Fable
  • Informative/Explanatory
    • How-To Paper
    • Compare-and-Contrast Paper
    • Research Report
  • Opinion
    • Opinion Paper
    • Response to Literature
    • Opinion Speech

Additional Support Materials

Support materials for Strategies for Writers supplement core instruction with engaging technology and print materials for both writing and grammar instruction and practice. For Grade 2, choose from

  • Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers—for interactive whiteboard
  • Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities
  • Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book and Teacher Edition
  • Grammar Practice Masters
  • Poster Pack

Strategies for Writers

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Grade 3 Core Materials

Deliver developmentally appropriate writing instruction with these core materials:

Teacher Edition

These resources provide everything teachers need to deliver core instruction for genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process.

To prepare for next-generation assessments and gain the skills they need to be successful Grade 3 writers, students

  • write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences in multiple genres within the text types.
  • analyze writing models by reading closely.
  • writing to multiple sources using technology.
  • master the Grade 3 conventions of standards written English.

Writing Genres

Grade 3 includes instruction for 12 genres, four in each of the three text types, plus next-generation assessment writing and additional practice writing descriptive elements. Genres include:

  • Narrative
    • Personal Narrative
    • Friendly Letter
    • Folktale
    • Fable
  • Informative/Explanatory
    • How-To Essay
    • Research Report
    • Problem-Solution Essay
    • Business Letter
  • Opinion
    • Opinion Paragraph
    • Opinion Essay
    • Response to Literature
    • Brochure

Additional Support Materials

Support materials for Strategies for Writers supplement core instruction with engaging technology and print materials for both writing and grammar instruction and practice. For Grade 3, choose from

  • Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers—for interactive whiteboard
  • Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities
  • Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book and Teacher Edition
  • Grammar Practice Masters
  • Poster Pack

Strategies for Writers

Talk to us about tailoring Strategies for Writers to your school's needs.

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Grade 4 Core Materials

Deliver developmentally appropriate writing instruction with these core materials:

Teacher Edition

These resources provide everything teachers need to deliver core instruction for genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process.

 

To prepare for next-generation assessments and gain the skills they need to be successful Grade 4 writers, students

  • write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences in multiple genres within the text types.
  • analyze writing models by reading closely.
  • writing to multiple sources using technology.
  • master the Grade 4 conventions of standards written English.

Writing Genres

Grade 4 includes instruction for 12 genres, four in each of the three text types, plus next-generation assessment writing and additional practice writing descriptive elements. Genres include:

  • Narrative
    • Personal Narrative
    • Biographic Sketch
    • Adventure Story
    • Play
  • Informative/Explanatory
    • Compare-and-Contrast Essay
    • Research Report
    • How-To Essay
    • Summary
  • Opinion
    • Opinion Essay
    • Editorial
    • Friendly Letter
    • Response to Literature

Additional Support Materials

Support materials for Strategies for Writers supplement core instruction with engaging technology and print materials for both writing and grammar instruction and practice. For Grade 4, choose from

  • Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers—for interactive whiteboard
  • Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities
  • Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book and Teacher Edition
  • Grammar Practice Masters
  • Poster Pack

Strategies for Writers

Talk to us about tailoring Strategies for Writers to your school's needs.

Request a sample

Grade 5 Core Materials

Deliver developmentally appropriate writing instruction with these core materials:

Teacher Edition

These resources provide everything teachers need to deliver core instruction for genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process.

To prepare for next-generation assessments and gain the skills they need to be successful Grade 5 writers, students

  • write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences in multiple genres within the text types.
  • analyze writing models by reading closely.
  • writing to multiple sources using technology.
  • master the Grade 5 conventions of standards written English.

Writing Genres

Grade 5 includes instruction for 12 genres, four in each of the three text types, plus next-generation assessment writing and additional practice writing descriptive elements. Genres include:

  • Narrative
    • Personal Narrative
    • Fable
    • Mystery
    • Play
  • Informative/Explanatory
    • Research Report
    • Compare-and-Contrast Essay
    • How-To Essay
    • Explanatory Essay
  • Opinion
    • Response to Literature
    • Letter to the Editor
    • Opinion Essay
    • Opinion Speech

Additional Support Materials

Support materials for Strategies for Writers supplement core instruction with engaging technology and print materials for both writing and grammar instruction and practice. For Grade 5, choose from

  • Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers—for interactive whiteboard
  • Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities
  • Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book and Teacher Edition
  • Grammar Practice Masters
  • Online Essay Grader and Writing Tutor
  • Poster Pack

Strategies for Writers

Talk to us about tailoring Strategies for Writers to your school's needs.

Request a sample

Grade 6 Core Materials

Deliver developmentally appropriate writing instruction with these core materials:

Teacher Edition

These resources provide everything teachers need to deliver core instruction for genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process.

To prepare for next-generation assessments and gain the skills they need to be successful Grade 6 writers, students

  • write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences in multiple genres within the text types.
  • analyze writing models by reading closely.
  • writing to multiple sources using technology.
  • master the Grade 6 conventions of standards written English.

Writing Genres

Grade 6 includes instruction for 12 genres, four in each of the three text types, plus next-generation assessment writing and additional practice writing descriptive elements. Genres include:

  • Narrative
    • Eyewitness Account
    • Historical Episode
    • Short Story
    • Biography
  • Informative/Explanatory
    • Summary
    • Cause-and-Effect Report
    • Research Report
    • Explanatory Essay
  • Argument
    • Response to Literature
    • Argument Essay
    • Business Letter
    • Speech

Additional Support Materials

Support materials for Strategies for Writers supplement core instruction with engaging technology and print materials for both writing and grammar instruction and practice. For Grade 6, choose from

  • Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers—for interactive whiteboard
  • Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities
  • Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book and Teacher Edition
  • Grammar Practice Masters
  • Online Essay Grader and Writing Tutor
  • Poster Pack

Strategies for Writers

Talk to us about tailoring Strategies for Writers to your school's needs.

Request a sample

Grade 7 Core Materials

Deliver developmentally appropriate writing instruction with these core materials:

Teacher Edition

These resources provide everything teachers need to deliver core instruction for genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process.

To prepare for next-generation assessments and gain the skills they need to be successful Grade 7 writers, students

  • write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences in multiple genres within the text types.
  • analyze writing models by reading closely.
  • writing to multiple sources using technology.
  • master the Grade 7 conventions of standards written English.

Writing Genres

Grade 7 includes instruction for 12 genres, four in each of the three text types, plus next-generation assessment writing and additional practice writing descriptive elements. Genres include:

  • Narrative
    • Personal Narrative
    • E-Mail
    • Historical Episode
    • Play
  • Informative/Explanatory
    • Cause-and-Effect Report
    • Research Report
    • Summary
    • Problem-Solution Essay
  • Argument
    • Editorial
    • Business Letter
    • Website Review
    • Response to Literature

Additional Support Materials

Support materials for Strategies for Writers supplement core instruction with engaging technology and print materials for both writing and grammar instruction and practice. For Grade 7, choose from

  • Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers—for interactive whiteboard
  • Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities
  • Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book and Teacher Edition
  • Grammar Practice Masters
  • Online Essay Grader and Writing Tutor
  • Poster Pack

Strategies for Writers

Talk to us about tailoring Strategies for Writers to your school's needs.

Request a sample

Grade 8 Core Materials

Deliver developmentally appropriate writing instruction with these core materials:

Teacher Edition

These resources provide everything teachers need to deliver core instruction for genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process.

To prepare for next-generation assessments and gain the skills they need to be successful Grade 8 writers, students

  • write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences in multiple genres within the text types.
  • analyze writing models by reading closely.
  • writing to multiple sources using technology.
  • master the Grade 8 conventions of standards written English.

Writing Genres

Grade 8 includes instruction for 12 genres, four in each of the three text types, plus next-generation assessment writing and additional practice writing descriptive elements. Genres include:

  • Narrative
    • Memoir
    • Historical Episode
    • Biography
    • Short Story
  • Informative/Explanatory
    • Response to Literature
    • Research Report
    • How-To Guide: Instructional Text
    • Explanatory Essay
  • Argument
    • Editorial
    • Argument Essay
    • Speech
    • Formal Proposal

Additional Support Materials

Support materials for Strategies for Writers supplement core instruction with engaging technology and print materials for both writing and grammar instruction and practice. For Grade 8, choose from

  • Digital Resources for Strategies for Writers—for interactive whiteboard
  • Online Grammar Games and Proofreading Activities
  • Grammar, Usage & Mechanics Student Practice Book and Teacher Edition
  • Grammar Practice Masters
  • Online Essay Grader and Writing Tutor
  • Poster Pack

Strategies for Writers

Talk to us about tailoring Strategies for Writers to your school's needs.

Request a sample

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Delivery options designed for your classroom

Strategies for Writers offers flexible and diverse instructional delivery options to meet the needs of many different types of classrooms. Ranging from completely digital to completely print-based delivery, Zaner-Bloser will work with you to configure a customized solution that is perfect for your unique needs!

  • Delivery Option 1: 100% Digital
  • Delivery Option 2: 100% Print
  • Delivery Option 3: Blend
 

Online Writing Center

The all-digital option is delivered through the Strategies for Writers Online Writing Center. Features:

  • eBooks for writing and grammar
  • Interactive resources for whiteboard
  • Assignment and assessment tools
  • Individual and collaborative online writing spaces

Printed Instructional Materials and Resources

The all-print delivery option is built around the Teacher Edition and a hardcover Student Edition per student for Grades 2–8 and a Classroom Package (featuring a Teacher Guide, Teacher Resource Package, and Mentor Texts for Young Writers big book) for Grades K–1.

Blend of Digital and Print Resources

For educators that want to leverage technology but are not in a fully 1:1 environment, Strategies for Writers offers digital resources that are easy to mix and match with printed instructional materials. Choose from interactive whiteboard resources, online games, an online essay grader, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Aug 25
Dr. Steve Graham, professor at Arizona State University and writing expert, shares seven foundational skills students require for achieving writing mastery.
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.


Article

Part 1 of our blog series on writing and the Common Core State Standards, Decoding the Text Types, this article explains how the concept of persuasive writing differs from the Common-Core-defined text types, opinion and argument.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Article

Part 2 of our blog series on writing and the Common Core State Standards, Decoding the Text Types, this article describes where expository writing structures fit within the various text types.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Article

Part 3 of our blog series on writing and the Common Core State Standards, Decoding the Text Types, this article asserts that narrative writing's place and function in curricula and high-stakes testing is changing.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Article

Part 4 of our blog series on writing and the Common Core State Standards, Decoding the Text Types, this article explains how descriptive writing critically supports the various text types, while it is not a text type unto itself.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Printable

This "spooky" poster gives students reminders on how to make sure their essays are strong from head to toe.

Grades:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Printable

Post this helpful mini-poster in your classroom as a reference for writers. Or print one for each student to keep handy.

Grades:
2, 3, 4, 5
 
Printable

Download and share this handy list of models. This list provides the titles and authors of age-appropriate picture books to use as exemplar texts of the 6 traits of writing for Grades K–2, 3–5, and 6–8.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Article

A highly effective format for process writing instruction, this article discusses how the Writer’s Workshop incorporates authentic practices within a consistent structure.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Printable

This helpful infographic shows how the six traits can help teach writing across the curriculum. Share the writers roadmap with your entire school staff to show how teachers in every subject can teach writing!

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Article

This article by James Scott Miller, M.Ed., discusses the benefits of rubrics in measuring quality of writing.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Activity

People who fish have to use the right bait to get fish to bite. Writing is exactly the same. Your students need well-crafted introductory sentences to grab a reader’s attention. Do this activity with students to teach them six sentence styles they can use to get readers' attention—fast!

Grades:
5, 6, 7, 8
 
Article

Strategies for Writers consulting author, James Scott Miller, writes about the problem and opportunity he sees with writing instruction in this blog post.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Article

This article by Mark Overmeyer, M.A., gives teachers of young elementary students ideas for how to set up their classroom to encourage writing.

Grades:
K, 1
 
Lesson

This customizable PowerPoint® presentation provides tips for students about how to be a good peer conferencer.

Grades:
4
 
Lesson

This customizable PowerPoint® presentation introduces four types of sentences that students can use to vary the sentences in their writing: Telling Sentence, Asking Sentence, Command, and Exclamation.

Grades:
3
 
Lesson

Use this customizable PowerPoint® presentation to introduce students to the writing trait of Word Choice.

Grades:
2
 
Lesson

This customizable PowerPoint® presentation provides a definition of argument writing, including the six traits, and examples of the features of good argument writing in an essay.

Grades:
8
 
Lesson

Use this customizable PowerPoint® presentation to introduce students to the writing trait of Voice.

Grades:
7
 
Lesson

Use this customizable PowerPoint® presentation to introduce students to the writing trait of Ideas.

Grades:
6
 
Lesson

This customizable PowerPoint® presentation quickly introduces students to the parts of speech.

Grades:
5
 
Activity

In every piece of writing students create, they must provide all the details, reasons, and examples a reader needs to fully understand it. If a gap appears, fix it with this fun activity designed to teach students to elaborate.

Grades:
2, 3, 4
 
Article

An article by Rebecca Bowers Sipe, Ed.D., covers how the six traits of the writing process are essential elements of effective writing instruction.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Media

Join Scott Miller, M.Ed., Zaner-Bloser Senior Instructional Consultant and Consulting Author of Strategies for Writers, for this recorded webinar tailored for school officials responsible for curriculum, professional development, and assessment administration.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Media

In this webinar, Zaner-Bloser Senior Instructional Consultant and Consulting Author of Strategies for Writers, Scott Miller, delivers specific strategies you can use to clarify the writing process for your students and help prepare them for the next-generation ELA assessments.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Media

Join Scott Miller, M.Ed., Zaner-Bloser Senior Instructional Consultant and Consulting Author of Strategies for Writers, for this informative one-hour webinar about next-generation ELA assessments and their impact on writing instruction.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Activity

Specific word choices are a swift way to add vividness and voice to a piece of writing. This "If I Were" activity helps students understand and feel confident about using new terms in speaking and writing.

Grades:
2, 3, 4
 
Lesson

This customizable PowerPoint® presentation quickly introduces students to proofreading marks appropriate for third graders to use when editing their writing.

Grades:
3
 
Media

In this 10-minute interview, hear from Scott Miller about what teachers can expect from the next generation of writing assessments.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Printable

Hang these downloadable posters in your classroom as a quick reference for your students. Each poster describes one of the writing traits in language that is easy for students to understand.

Grades:
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 
Article

James Scott Miller, Strategies for Writers consulting author, adeptly frames a plan for tackling the coming "writing revolution" in this white paper.

Grades:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
 



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