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Writing is Elementary: Teaching Young Children to Write is the first module of the series. It serves as an introduction and a guide for each subsequent module. It focuses on the four basic qualities of writing:

  • Purpose
  • Organization
  • Voice
  • Detail

After explaining these fundamental building blocks, classroom-tested lessons are provided to teach each specific quality. These lessons can be easily differentiated for various developmental levels. Whole-class instruction, guided work and finally individual responses are included.

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Bookmarks: Responding to Text is the second module in the series. Building on the skills learned in module one, this publication concentrates on teaching students how to write analytically about texts.

Material includes:

  • Classroom-tested lessons
  • Scaffolding of instruction: whole-class modeling, guided practice and independent writing.
  • Scoring rubrics
  • Annotated anchor papers
  • A bibliography of recommended books

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Bookmarks: Narratives is the third module in the series. It is a step-by-step guide that focuses on creating characters, setting and plot. Through direct instruction and guided writing it teaches students the qualities of a narrative in three developmental levels.

Level One Qualities of Writing

  • Character
  • What the character wants
  • Problem
  • Idea to solve the problem
  • Resolution/Conclusion

Children are natural storytellers. Storytelling is an important literacy activity that increases a child's ability to communicate. Narratives strengthens students' imaginations and teaches them the art of communication.

Material includes:

  • Classroom-tested lessons
  • Scaffolding of instruction: whole-class modeling, guided practice and independent writing.
  • Scoring rubrics
  • Annotated anchor papers
  • A bibliography of recommended books

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