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Writing Program Overview

Research-based approaches are used to help my students become life-long writers by developing their competency in different components of writing.  Those components include:

Student Writing


  • Text Types and Purposes
  • Production and Distribution of Writing
  • Research to Build and Present Knowledge
  • Knowledge of Language Conventions

    Text Types and Purposes

    Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information
    Write informative explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
    Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using
    effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

    Production and Distribution of Writing

    Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization
    are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience using the 6 Traits of Writing and Writing Process as a guide.


    Ideas is about the details.

    Organization is about the papers structure.
    It includes writing an introduction and conclusion for each piece as well as using transitions between paragraphs.

    Word Choice involves using precise nouns, vivid verbs, and descriptive adjectives.

    Voice is about personality and enthusiasm.

    Sentence fluency is about readability - having varied sentence lengths and different sentence beginnings.

    Conventions is grammar skills, punctuation, spelling, and writing in paragraph form.

    Writing Process

    Research to Build and Present Knowledge 

    Conduct short research projects using several sources.
    Gather knowledge by summarizing and paraphrasing information to prepare for research report.
    Draw evidence from literature of informational text to support analysis.

    Knowledge of Language Conventions

    Explain functions of conjunctions, prepositions, and interjections.
    Form and use the perfect verb tenses.
    Use verb tense to convey times, sequences, states, and conditions.
    Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense.
    Use correlative conjunctions (either/or, neither/nor)
    Construct paragraphs that contain a topic sentence, supporting details, and concluding sentences.
    Use commas to separate items in a series.
    Use a comma to separate an introductory element from the rest of the sentence.
    Use underlining, quotations marks, or italics to indicate titles of works.
    Spell grade-appropriate words correctly.
    Expand, combine, and reduce sentences for meaning, reader interest, and style. 

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