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Writing with Power

Grades 6–12

Designed to equip your students with the writing, language, and 21st century skills they need to be successful

Aligned to Common Core and state standards

Provides a complete resource for grammar, writing, and thinking skills

Integrates grammar instruction to power students' writing

Promotes collaborative learning

Supports classroom management

Prepares students for success on high-stakes tests and to be career- and college-ready


Comprehensive grammar instruction and practice powers students' writing.

  • direct grammar, usage, and mechanics instruction with detailed examples
  • extensive practice for each rule
  • prompts for writing applications are embedded
  • a Grammar QuickGuide serves as an easy-to-use reference for grammatical terms and links to supportive instruction within the text
  • The Power Rules, the 10 "must-know" language conventions, are integrated throughout to better prepare students for the workforce or college
  • The Power of Language lessons show students how to use grammatical options that add details and make writing come alive
  • pretests and posttests in each chapter assess student mastery


Collaborative writing projects in every chapter capture students' interest.

  • systematic, in-depth instruction
  • student practice activities are included at each step of the writing process
  • literary models serve as mentor texts
  • student models are featured
  • grammar lessons are integrated within the writing process
  • 6 Trait rubrics guide teacher and student evaluation

21st Century Skills

Critical thinking, communication, and technology skills for school and the workplace.

  • critical thinking and media-literacy skills are emphasized in every chapter
  • a 150-page Guide to 21st Century provides instruction, models, and practice for all skills
  • focuses on learning study skills, taking tests, completing job and college applications, and using the Internet and electronic publishing tools to communicate