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Writing to Win integrated reading-writing routines for homeschool parents and individual teachers

Three complementary* instructional routines

Our routines help individual teachers and homeschool parents solve three perennial challenges in teaching and learning.

 

The challenge for students

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Sequence

Using the grammar we teach them naturally as they write

Applied Grammar

Fall of 

Year 1

Using the key vocabulary of ELA, math, science, and social studies in their speaking and writing

Writing on Demand

Winter of Year 1

Using the steps of the writing process to respond  to reading texts with ease and insight

Paired Texts Packets

Fall of 

Year 2

*Complementary (to complete or bring to perfection) – instructional routines that help homeschool parents and individual teachers teach what they already teach more efficiently and effectively.

PHASE I – Writing to Win Applied Grammar (Fall of Year 1)

Applied Grammar Online delivers a complete language program called Sentence Building. It covers all language standards of every U.S. state and private curriculum. In contrast to other language programs, it ensures that the phrases and types of sentences that students study show up in their writing. Solving sentence-combining puzzles make learning grammatical patterns both challenging and fun. The written (print) or keyboarding (online) practice presents the challenge; the oral and kinesthetic (hand motions) practice adds the fun.

For 20-30 minutes twice a week for 18-20 weeks, the impact on grades 1-12 students is evident in class and on end-of-year tests. Click to see Impact Data.

Typically, individual teachers and homeschool parents practice Sentence Building in print (grade 1-2) and online (grades 3-11).

Call 706-850-5854 (EST) to schedule a demonstration of this effective instructional routine

PHASE II – Writing on Demand (Winter of Year 1)

Writing on Demand presents critical-thinking writing strategies that ensure student mastery of the vocabulary of their state and national ELA, math, science, and social studies standards. Each simple strategy engages students in writing short, daily entries that deepen their knowledge of courses content. Each entry concludes with student self-assessment and a PAL’s response.

Classroom action data shows that writing a minimum of three times a week for 15 weeks increases scores on tests of knowledge in all core content areas.

Typically, Writing on Demand is a standard part of the PreK-12 curriculum in two or more of the core subject areas (math, reading, science, or social studies).

Call 706-850-5854 (EST) to schedule a demonstration of this effective instructional routine.

PHASE III – Paired Texts Packets (Fall of Year 2)

Paired Texts Packets solve the challenge of integrating the many pieces of reading instruction with the steps of the writing process. Each packet is built around two content-rich texts written at the top end of the Lexile band for each of grades 3-12. Homeschool parents and individual teachers move small groups of students through three 30-minutes session a week for three weeks. In weeks 1-2, students experience reading tasks differentiated at four comprehension levels as well as selected and constructed-response items for each text. In week 3, teachers use the strategies and tools of the Prewriting, Revision, and Evaluation Modules to ease students through the steps of the writing process.

The completion of 2-3 Paired Texts Packets increases students’ performance on end-of-year tests of reading comprehension, vocabulary, and extended writing, grades 3-11.

Typically, individual teachers and homeschool parents use the packets as benchmarks for their instruction in the informational, narrative, and opinion / argument genres. Whether your state tests students’ extended responses to paired texts or not, you will find Paired Texts Packets helpful. They cover your state standards of the writing process and reading comprehension.

Call 706-850-5854 (EST) to schedule a demonstration of this effective instructional routine.

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If you are in search of access to homeschooling options, check out our Writing to Win routines for teaching your students at home no matter the circumstance!

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