Unique Highlights of Writing by Design® 

 

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 lesson planning

Middle School Video Lessons & Assessments – 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 – Time- and cost-saving with built-in accountability

 

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 on classroom practices and student writing proficiency 

 

Scaffolded Design – The program was developed using 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 with instructional practice, 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, 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.

 

Strategies for Differentiated Instruction and English Learner Support 

 

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. 

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