What’s Taught

Students of the Being a Writer program learn to love writing, want to be very good at it, and grow through the grades as writers, thinkers, and principled people. Using the workshop model, the Being a Writer program embraces the writing process and develops intrinsic motivation for the craft of writing through immersion in narrative, informational, and opinion writing genres. The Being a Writer program is a yearlong curriculum for grades K–5 that offers two goals for age-appropriate instruction at each grade level.

Goal 1: Developing the Creativity and Skills of a Writer

The first goal is to provide a clear scope and sequence that develops in students the intrinsic desire to write regularly, with passion and intent, while also building an understanding and appreciation of the skills and conventions of writing.

I have a wide range of abilities in my classroom. But what’s great about the Being a Writer program is that even my struggling readers are not afraid to open up their journals and write because they get to choose what they write about. The format of the Being a Writer program has freed my students so that they are just enjoying writing.

 Kim Simmons, grade 2 teacher

Goal 2: Developing the Social and Ethical Values of a
Responsible Person

The second goal is to integrate with the writing instruction regular community-building elements and guided partner work that develop in students a sense of belonging, autonomy, and competence, as well as a personal responsibility for their own learning.

The social aspect of the program teaches students to respect and appreciate each other as authors. They learn to listen and give good feedback to others.

 Michelle Caulk, grade 3 teacher

Assessment Support

The Being a Writer program provides multiple measures of ongoing assessment designed to give teachers a comprehensive picture of each individual students’s growth as a writer. The assessment component will help teachers:

  • Track growth over time in both writing and social development
  • Recognize strengths as well as areas for improvement
  • Prepare students for the Common Core performance tasks
  • Assess students’ mastery of Common Core grade-level language skills
  • Determine grading, when needed