Build competence and confidence through concise, focused minilessons!
Each chapter features step-by-step instruction for a commonly tested writing genre such as a research report, narrative, opinion/argumentative, informative/explanatory, and literary analysis. Starting with a source text, students focus on the key elements that distinguish good writing for the genre.
- Scaffolded tasks help students break down each element into manageable chunks.
- Each task builds upon the last, leading to a finished product.
- You Try It writing performance tasks provide test practice and additional feedback opportunity.
Student models, differentiated instruction, and group/partner activities all help strengthen writing skills and understanding. Students also practice their editing skills on common language and style issues.