Writing Instruction That Adapts to Every Student’s Needs
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.
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.
Support the Individuality of Each and Every Learner, Regardless of Age or Preparation
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.
Step Up to Writing provides the specialized instruction to meet the needs of diverse student groups.
Strategies boost student writing to the next level
Solid structure across the types of writing assignments
Consistent strategies and multiple opportunities for practice
English Language Learners
Oral language development is encouraged
Students develop an academic vocabulary
Students stay actively involved
Emphasis on relating and organizing information
Gifted & Talented
Focus on organizing information strategically to increase written impact
Writers learn to effectively articulate complex thoughts and content
Students perceive shades of meaning within words
At Risk & Special Education
Strategies make abstract concepts concrete
Guidance for better reading comprehension
Use of multisensory approaches
Confidence is built incrementally
Organization and planning skills are emphasized
Remote Learning Writing Instruction
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.
Don’t take our word for it. Hear from satisfied customers about how Step Up to Writing has made an impact in their districts, schools, and classrooms.
Students improve their writing skills and build confidence at John Williams School No. 5, Rochester, NY
“When our kids were taking the state exams or any type of essay, they would tense up and get nervous. Now, they know to organize it [their writing].” —Kelli Monique Briggs, Teacher, John Williams School No. 5, Rochester, NY
Improved student writing leads to higher test scores for students at Corona-Norco Unified School District, Riverside County, California
“We really saw a great development of the writing process, which is so vague if you don’t have a writing system. To have one districtwide, from primary all the way up to high school, is so strong for our district.”
—Beth Feaster, Principal, Temescal Valley Elementary School, Corona-Norco Unified School District
Over the years, Camino Union Elementary School relies more on
Step Up to Writing to establish a common writing approach across
grade levels and content areas.
In 2010, administrators at Camino Union Elementary School District (CUSD) in California were concerned about the large number of children entering their only elementary school writing below grade level and with a history of poor state assessment test
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.