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Old 01-01-2019, 09:27 AM
 
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As a school our writing progress stinks. We are looking to find a program we can use from grades 1-8. When I compare what I did in 2nd grade to what our kids do it isn't even on the same planet. What are the best ideas for this? We need to do something drastic and new to restart it all.


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6+1 Traits is okay.
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I've had success with two writing books. Evan Moor has great books, but I'm not sure they go to 8th grade. They cover writing basics & different types.

Another good series is Write Source. That one covers middle school. Each student has a handbook filled with grammar/punctuation rules & loads of samples of different types of writing. The TE also has tons of extra support materials.

I don't know what state you are in, but check your DOE site for possible ideas & materials.

Everbody needs to be on the same page or you will never see consistency.

Good luck with your search. I've been retired four years & am not current on what's new or successful.

Kids need lots of samples of writing both good & bad. Then they also need to grade each other's writing. It's a complex process.
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Iím a big proponent for writers workshop, whether itís Lucy Calkinís or some other version. I found it easy to teach and reaches kids at all levels.
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I have been saying this for years. The students are coming up less prepared to write. Someone needs to come up with a writing program that is doable in k to 8 that builds on the previous year. My district is looking into Lucy Calkins, but only for grades 3 and 4. We have used Write Source, but only in grades 2 and 3. Itís not consistent and many of the younger teachers donít know how to teach writing.


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We used Step-up 2 Writing when I was teaching.

https://www.voyagersopris.com/litera...iting/overview
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It makes sure that each grade builds on the previous year. It has a separate curriculum for each grade level. It seems very thorough and easy to follow.

https://www.empoweringwriters.com
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