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Writing with Power

Grades 6–12


  • Engaging collaborative writing projects in every chapter capture students' interest.
    —Systematic, in-depth instruction—students progress step-by-step through the writing process.
    —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.


  • 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.
    —The Power Rules, the 10 "must-know" language conventions, are integrated throughout.
    —Pretests and posttests in each chapter assess student mastery.
    —The Power of Language lessons show students how to use grammatical options to make writing come alive.

21st Century Skills

  • Critical thinking, communication, and technology skills for school and the workplace.
    —Collaboration, critical thinking, and media-literacy skills are emphasized in every chapter.
    —A 150-page Guide to 21st Century School and Workplace Skills provides instruction, models, and practice for all skills.
    —includes tips for study skills, taking tests, and completing job and college applications.