Consistent, Research-Based Lesson Design – All lessons at every grade level follow the design of Madeline Hunter’s researched methodology of effective instruction.
Online Teaching Manuals – Convenient for screen projection and remote teaching/planning
Student Video Lessons & Assessments – An option for teachers: Students progress through four genre studies at their own pace. A perfect solution for distance learning!
Grading by Design™ – Acclaimed time-saving online program for grading student writing
Free Online Orientation – Quick, convenient, and cost-saving
Free Demonstration Lesson Videos – Authentic lessons in all grade levels, TK-8th grade.
Six Traits of Writing – Embedded in all lessons, K-8, and supported by years of scientific studies of student writing proficiency
Scaffolded Design – Uses a research-based backward curriculum design with each year’s instruction building on prior-year student learning. This results in year-to-year increases in student proficiency, consistency throughout the grades, and increased teacher and student comfort.
Model Papers – Demonstration of the step-by-step revision process. No extra lesson planning needed.
Assessment Tools – Grading by Design, online quizzes, class profile spreadsheets; teaching/scoring rubrics.
Writing Prompts / Formal Assessments – Eliminates the need for teacher- or district-created tools.
Curriculum for Handwriting Instruction – An additional kindergarten teaching manual is dedicated to letter and sentence formation. This can also be a resource for students with special needs.
Support for English Lanuage Learners and Students with Special Needs – With a consistent process of presenting information in small teachable/learnable “chunks," students feel confident (vs. challenged). The program facilitates targeted re-teaching for mastery-based instruction. Students learn how to break down the writing process so that each paper has the Six Traits of Writing.
Picture Book References – Differentiated by grade level, they provide students with models of Six Traits, CCSS strands of writing, and writing genres.
Six Traits and Genre Charts – Additional tools to support lesson delivery ensuring alignment of instructional goals/CCSS standards
Online Resources – Reproducible teaching tools for time-saving lesson preparation. (Additional tools are under development and will be made available at no additional cost.)
Spelling – Explicit grade level “No Excuse Spelling” protocols ensure correct spelling of high-frequency words.
Academic Vocabulary – Referenced in the Glossary of teaching manuals, this ensures a rigorous and consistent approach to writing instruction.
Optional Professional Development – Certified Writing by Design® coaches available for targeted PD.
Spanish-Translated Materials – Grading by Design™ and Spanish versions of Six Traits and Genre charts and Resource pages.