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
Free Online Orientation – Time- and cost-saving with built-in accountability
Free Demonstration Lesson Videos – Authentic lessons in all grade levels, TK-8th grade.
Grading by Design™ – Acclaimed time-saving online program for grading student writing
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 and 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 handwriting instruction/beginning sentence formation. This can also be a resource for students with special needs.
Strategies for Differentiated Instruction and English Learner Support
Picture Book References and Resources – Differentiated by grade level, they provide students with models of Six Traits, CCSS strands of writing, and writing genres.
Six Traits and Genre Instructional Charts – Additional tools to support lesson delivery ensuring alignment of instruction to 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 Consulting and Coaching Days – Certified Writing By Design© coaches available for targeted professional development.
Spanish-Translated Materials – Grading by Design™ and Spanish versions of Six Traits and Genre charts and Resource pages.