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Step Up to Writing®, Fourth Edition

Author: Maureen Auman
Grades: K-12

A K–12 Writing Solution

Every Step Up to Writing strategy is now built to support specific standards in the areas of writing, vocabulary, language, reading, and speaking & listening.

The new edition has four grade bands making the proven Step Up to Writing strategies targeted to students’ grade levels and subject-area learning in specific grades. Implementing Step Up to Writing in every grade establishes a common writing language across grade levels and content areas.

Rigorous Writing Expectations

The new edition retains the key elements that have made Step Up to Writing one of the top picks among educators: multimodal instruction, flexible implementation options, compatibility with any core curriculum, support for writing across content-areas, and a corpus of proven writing strategies.

New Features:

  • Focus on the specific text types emphasized in state standards—informative/explanatory, argument, and narrative writing
  • New grade-level-specific Unit Maps provide a sequence of instructional strategies to reach college and career ready standards, while identifying strategies for differentiation to ensure instruction will meet individual student needs
  • Explicit focus is placed on supporting students in producing organized, clear, and coherent writing
  • New emphasis on using technology for research and to produce and publish work

New Edition. New Strategies. Same Proven Approach.

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Students Find Success in Each Phase of the Writing Process

Writing Instruction Designed for Emergent and Developing Writers!

Grade band K–2 students provides age-appropriate strategies that are scaffolded and differentiated for the emergent reader. It provides foundational strategies—like naming and writing the alphabet—to more advanced skills, such as writing research reports. Differentiated, multisensory strategies scaffold up as students’ writing skills increase. Download the K-2 Information Sheet (PDF).

ALL-NEW Multimedia Professional Support and Tools

To support educators in implementing this much more rigorous writing instruction, the new edition takes a multimedia approach to professional development, which includes point-of-use video modeling of key strategies, an online database to search Step Up to Writing strategies by CCSS standards, customized in-person initial training and ongoing support, and explicit, step-by-step instruction in the Teacher Edition. Learn more about training and support.

Comprehensive Assessment Component

Step Up to Writing, Fourth Edition, provides a robust assessment component which includes grade-level benchmark assessments; assessments that mirror the performance tasks of the PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and other high-stakes assessments; and Scoring Guides and data-tracking tools that are aligned with the expectations for ELA writing standards. Learn more about assessments.

These writing techniques have not only raised the skills of our special education students an average of two grade levels; they have also increased confidence and willingness to approach academic tasks.

Mary Dove, Pupil Service Coordinator
Cherry Creek School District, Colorado