WHAT IT IS...
Good writing doesn't just happen. It's the result of a process that involves both writing and thinking skills. It's a process that must be taught - through good instruction and extensive practice.
- Writing & Thinking provides both the instruction and the practice that are essential to developing good writing skills in an easy-to-manage format for grades one through six.
- Writing and Thinking is a complete program of writing instruction - not just a list of suggestions. Carefully planned and sequenced activities give you a basis for detailed direct instruction while student practice materials reinforce each step of the writing process.
WHAT IT DOES...
Writing and Thinking translates key research findings into practical classroom application, preparing students for state and local assessments. The program's instructional sequence develops students' awareness of, and faculty with, the essential features of narrative, descriptive,
expository, and persuasive writing.
HOW IT WORKS...
Writing and Thinking incorporates fundamental writing process instruction into practical classroom application.
Each unit develops proven strategies specific to one particular writing task - narrative, descriptive, expository, or persuasive.
Carefully structured prewriting activities help students understand a general writing concept, link the concept to their own experiences, identify a topic, generate ideas, and select details to shape a piece of writing.
Prewriting activities in each unit establish "features of the piece," the basis for guiding students consistently through specific steps in drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
Students incorporate the "features of the piece" in drafting and revising. These features form the basis of the rubrics you will use for quick and consistent scoring of student papers.
HOW IT WORKS FOR YOU...
Writing & Thinking Teacher Manuals feature easy-to-use lesson plans and instructional strategies for each step of the writing process:
- Developing a Topic
- Choosing Audience and Purpose
Also included are scoring rubrics, techniques for peer responding, samples of student writing and suggestions for teacher-student conferencing.