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 learners of all levels and types.  With a foundation in the Six Traits of Writing, new and veteran teachers can successfully teach state standards and Common Core writing.  Available online and printed, Writing by Design® provides teachers with detailed lesson plans, rubrics, daily model papers, free orientation, and free resources.  No lesson prep needed!


Students in grades 3-8 can complete the entire curriculum independently at their own pace with engaging online video lessons.  In less than a minute, teachers can send their class a complete, step-by-step genre study.    


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.


For English Language Learners, Spanish translations include:

  • Six Traits and Genre charts with student handouts

  • Grading by Design™online grading program

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