Creating Confident, Proficient Writers

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In the Classroom


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Writing by Design® is a proven-effective TK–8th grade writing program for building competence and confidence with all types of learners.  With a foundation in the Six Traits of Writing, new and veteran teachers can successfully teach state standards and Common Core writing. No lesson prep needed!

Available online and printed, Writing by Design® provides teachers with the following:

Detailed Lesson Plans
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Daily model papers
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Writing by Design® - A Comprehensive Review

Quick Intro: How it Works


As an option, students in grades 3-8 can complete the entire curriculum independently with engaging online video lessons.  Instantly, teachers can send their class a complete, step-by-step genre study that includes a quiz after each lesson.

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Its accompaniment, Grading by Design™, is an unparalleled online grading program that eliminates hours of teacher grading time.  Students are involved in the analysis and validation of understanding, resulting in deeper student learning and retention.  Immediate reports target re-teaching.

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Free orientation

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Additional Resources

  • Spanish-translated materials and Grading by Design™ in Spanish

  • Student handouts are PDF fillable

  • Free demonstration lesson videos for teachers

  • A variety of online resources

  • Affordable remote and in-person coaching

Benefits for Students
  • Dramatically improves cognitive abilities in all subjects

  • Develops student competence and confidence

  • Allows students to progress individually with engaging video lessons

  • Creates greater gains for ELs and students with special needs

  • Increases the pathway to literacy

Benefits for Teachers
  • Dramatically decreases workload

  • Increases competence and confidence -- makes teaching writing fun

  • Provides daily lesson plans with model papers

  • Breaks down concepts into manageable chunks

  • Makes teaching writing fun and rewarding

  • Provides immediate feedback for targeted re-teaching

  • Free orientation

Benefits for Administrators
  • Improves performance on state tests

  • Maximizes student performance in all subjects

  • Provides explicit writing instruction missing from ELA programs

  • Reduces occurrences of students being left behind/failing

  • Affordable 

  • No mandatory renewal fees