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. Since the many techniques and strategies I read about and tried to implement just muddled the “art” of it, took up far too much time, and missed the mark with my little ones, I absolutely HATED 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. Knowing this is an area of frustration for many teachers, we decided to write a program that shared what we’ve learned.
From there, happily, Ready for Writing was born. This program is FILLED with OODLES of goodness! 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.
- Both 1st and 2nd grade skills are covered within Ready for Writing. 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, simple. It demands minimal prep. The primary purpose is interactive learning through lessons and activities.
The first part of the program is the comprehensive teacher’s manual. This component guides writing instruction through daily lessons. A step-by-step outline of how to assemble the teacher’s manual is included.
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
- suggested samples
- assessment suggestions
- short-cut symbol/color-coded format
Teaching the Genres
An overview as well as an explanation on how to best incorporate that particular writing style introduces each genre.
A short “prep” list of what is needed during each genre’s 10-week unit is noted in the section intro.
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.
Lessons begin with the purpose of the genre. In the teacher’s manual that section is noted in red. Teachers guide students in marking that section red on their genre fact flip book. The purpose section of the poster is red as well. 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 a list of books that are a perfect addition to any classroom library!
Flip Books and The Writers Quick Reference
The Interactive Flip Book provides student support throughout each 10-week unit. This key component 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. It includes sections for dead word alternatives, transition words and phrases specific to all three genres, and a quick spelling reference.
Beyond the lessons, there are practice activities to work on independently, with a partner or small group, or as an assessment and evidence of mastery.
Ready for Writing™ includes complex text. Complex text is an important literacy development component. Students use text-evidence based evidence and answers in genre specific tasks.
Because practice is imperative, Ready for Writing includes lots of practice opportunities for all three genres. This practice increases student writing skill schema, and allows for differentiation and “leveling up” growth.
Informational text is another key Ready for Writing™ component. The NGSS standards for both 1st and 2nd grade are noted 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
Finally, paragraph production and story writing conclude each unit. Students manage their thoughts and ideas in graphic organizers and writing plans.
Additionally, Ready for Writing™ incorporates grammar practice sheets. These help students improve creativity and novelty in their writing style.
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 an amazing and easy to use and implement alternative to the regiment of “workshop” style writing blocks. 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!