Being a Writer
Inspire Your Students to Love Writing
Teachers are tasked with getting students to write with conviction and purpose, for multiple audiences, and to demonstrate their understanding. But teaching writing is not easy. Creating classroom experiences that develop a love of writing and allow children to express their thinking requires thoughtful, intentional instruction.
The Being a Writer program provides a writing-process approach to teaching writing that interweaves academic and social-emotional learning for K-6 students and professional development for teachers into daily instruction.
Using authentic children’s literature, the program provides support for creating a collaborative classroom environment where teachers facilitate student discussion, provide a model for the respectful exchange of ideas, and help students develop their own voice.
Support for Instructional Best Practices
- Facilitation tips for teaching classroom routines
- Technology tutorials integrated with the lessons
- Online courses and webinars to deepen understanding of the program
- Support for English Language Learners (ELL)
- Digital resources on the Learning Hub and linked throughout the teacher’s manual via 2D barcode
Collaboration with The National Writing Project
Districts implementing the Being a Writer program are partnering with local National Writing Project sites to provide long-term professional development that supports teachers as they develop their writing instruction skills and strategies. You can read more about the partnership on the National Writing Project’s resource site or download the flyer.
Intentional Blending of Social and Academic Learning
Research has proven that when students feel connected to their school and peers, the perform better academically, are more motivated to achieve, and exhibit helpful behaviors toward others. Being a Writer’s daily routines are based on cooperative work and caring, respectful relationships. The program helps teachers take deliberate steps to create a classroom writing community where students feel empowered, supported in taking risks, and responsible to themselves and to the group.
Correlations to Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
To correlate your instruction to the goals of the CCSS, you can use our correlation tool. It allows you to search by either DSC program or CCSS standard to: identify all standards addressed in a selected DSC program within a unit, week, or lesson; or find which lessons in any DSC program address a selected standard.
For details on the Being a Writer Grade 6 interim edition—including information on product updates and how to qualify for a free* upgrade to the final revised edition in spring 2016—click here.