Step Up to Writing includes embedded professional development; provides flexible implementation options; is compatible with any core curriculum; and supports writing instruction across all content areas. This solution’s multisensory, explicit, and systematic approach to teaching writing is designed to provide clear strategies, methods, and supports for increased student success. Created for all students, the strategies in Step Up to Writing are designed to be used to support writing instruction in all content areas.
Implementing Step Up to Writing in every grade establishes a common writing approach across grade levels and content areas. This writing program provides:
Step Up to Writing instructional strategies and writing lessons help students understand the importance of each step in the writing process. Beginning writers explicitly learn and practice each phase of the process. Common expectations and language for writing across every grade level builds confidence as students grow into more advanced writers and the process becomes fluid and automatic.
Four grade bands (K–2, 3–5, 6–8, and 9–12) targeting writing strategies to age levels as well as subject-area learning in specific grades.
Focus on the specific text types emphasized in state standards: informative/explanatory, opinion/argument, and narrative writing.
Emphasis on using technology for research and to produce and publish work.
Grade-level specific Unit Maps provide a sequence of instructional strategies as they help students improve writing skills.
Realistic strategies for differentiation to ensure instruction will meet individual student needs.
Explicit focus on supporting students in producing organized, clear, and coherent writing.
One size fits all never works. With this in mind, Step Up to Writing Fourth Edition provides variation and differentiation based on each student’s needs throughout 1,100+ strategies, across all four grade bands. Optional “Craft and Style” callouts within the strategies teach the three major text types while also providing opportunities for additional depth and richness.View Efficacy Report Reviews and Evaluations
Step Up to Writing provides various strategies to support writing for K–12 students. For remote learning, we are offering six model strategies that support Informative/Explanatory Writing with video tips and accompanying activities appropriate for students in each grade band from K–12.
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We are committed to a long-term partnership with every district that implements our solutions. Each implementation support plan is individually crafted with school and/or district administrators to meet specific needs, including making explicit connections to state standards and/or the CCSS. Districts can choose from a menu of training and support options including in-person, online, or a combination of both.