Ready for Writing – the Complete Writing Program
Teaching writing is a stress inducer for a lot of teachers. Ready for Writing is here to help!
During my first couple years of teaching, writing time was THE area that frustrated me the most. Many techniques and strategies I read about and tried to implement just muddled the “art” of it. They took up far too much time. Overall, they missed the mark with my little ones. Honestly, I dreaded my writing block.
One day over lunch, my dear friend Annie from The Moffatt Girls and I were talking about the whole writing block dilemma. We discussed the struggle we both experienced with teaching writing in a way that made sense while being effective and simple. Understanding this is an area of frustration for many teachers, we decided to write a program that shared what we’ve learned. We call this fabulous program Ready for Writing.
Because it is FILLED with OODLES of goodness, Ready for Writing is a teacher’s dream! It simplifies the writing block for our teacher friends. Most importantly, with Ready for Writing, kiddos master those writing standards and become strong writers.
The Program Backbone
Ready for Writing is based on four basic principles:
- Each lesson is CCSS aligned and standards mastery focused. Lessons, visuals, read-alouds, practice and application develop skill mastery.
- The program is genre specific. The lessons increase student schema in narrative, expository and opinion writing genres. There are 10 weeks of instruction for each genre.
- It covers both 1st and 2nd grade skills. So, teachers who loop with their kiddos, have multi-age classrooms, or a group of students who require differentiated activities have 2-years worth of resources in one place!
- Ready for Writing is quick and simple. It demands minimal prep. The primary purpose is interactive learning through lessons and activities.
The program includes a comprehensive teacher’s manual. It guides writing instruction through quick and easy daily lessons.
30 weeks of lessons are laid out in an easy to follow daily format. The included approximate time icons help with planning.
Also included in the lesson plans:
- differentiation notes
- assessment reminders
- short-cut symbol/color-coded format
Teaching the Genres
Each genre unit includes an organization and lesson summary sheet.
- genre overview
- genre incorporation ideas
- quick prep list
Color Coded Anchor Charts – Genre Posters
Full-color anchor charts provide quick display opportunities. The graphic reminders are a tremendous support for students (and teachers). They are also color-coded to match the components of each genre.
For example, lessons begin with the purpose of the genre. In the teacher’s manual, the purpose section is red. Teachers guide students in marking that section red on their genre fact flip book. The purpose section of the poster is also red. This easy to identify color-coding continues for all the genre’s aspects.
Reading and listening to awesome writing is a fabulous way to better understand HOW to write. Ready for Writing™ includes lists of children’s books that are a perfect addition to any classroom library! The text, genre components, and illustrations provide terrific examples of excellent writing.
Flip Books and The Writers Quick Reference
The Interactive Flip Book provides student support throughout each 10-week unit. This key component quickly and easily covers each aspect of the writing genre in detail using key words, definitions and examples.
The Writers Quick Reference is a writing tool for the entire year.
- dead word alternatives
- transition words
- phrases specific
- spelling reference
Beyond the lessons, there are extensive and differentiated activities.
These activities provide opportunity for:
- independent work
- partner & collaboration work
- guided groups
Ready for Writing™ includes complex text. Complex text is an important literacy development component. Students use text-based evidence and answers in genre specific tasks.
Because practice is imperative, Ready for Writing includes lots of practice opportunities for all three genres. As a result, this practice increases student writing skill schema, allows for differentiation and “leveling up” growth, too!
Informational text is another key Ready for Writing™ component. The NGSS standards for both 1st and 2nd grade are on many of the expository text practice pages. Cross-curriculum focus during class lessons fits in smoothly.
Grammar, Writing Plans and Organizers, Final Draft Stationery
Ready for Writing™ incorporates grammar practice sheets. These help students improve creativity and novelty in their writing style.
Paragraph production and story writing concludes each unit. Students manage their thoughts and ideas in graphic organizers and writing plans. Finally, they conclude the unit writing detailed paragraphs on the provided stationery.
Ready for Writing is Comprehensive, Practical, Effective and Engaging
Ready for Writing™ is the complete package.
Ultimately, Ready for Writing™ shares our passion for keeping things simple and effective. The program is amazing. It is an easy to use and implement alternative to the regiment of “workshop” style writing blocks. Additionally, it is a system superior to the lacking writing lessons included in many ELA adoptions. Ready for Writing™ is the answer to the writing block challenge!
We developed Ready for Writing™ as a stand alone writing program. However, it also works amazingly well as a writing supplement. It adds the structure and steps necessary to build strong writing skills. Check it out! Watch your kiddos writing skills grow!