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Writing Companion

Grades 3–12

Prepare Students for State Assessments

  • Students identify and cite textual evidence.
  • Authentic source texts provide assessment simulation.
  • Student models demonstrate steps within the writing process.
  • Rubrics and checklists for each type of writing.

Step-by-Step Lesson Structure

  • 4 to 7 lessons for each writing type.
  • Each lesson focuses on a key standards-based skill or concept.
  • Multiple activities per lesson enable students to improve their writing skills in small, manageable segments.

Prepare Students for Writing Performance Tasks

  • Activities are tied to source texts—annotating, analyzing, citing.
  • Lessons build to "You Try It"—a model writing performance task.
  • Student models illustrate standards-based quality expectations.

Support for Struggling Writers & ELLs

  • The Gradual Release Model progresses from scaffolded instruction to independent writing performance tasks.
  • The step-by-step lesson progression builds competence and confidence.
  • Small group and partner activities are provided throughout the lessons.
  • Differentiated lesson plans for struggling and advanced writers.