The Essential Guides to Writing is for grades 2 through 5. It’s designed to teach students to write with confidence and read with purpose. The program includes writing activities, detailed lesson plans with clear objectives, and foundational language arts lessons in all genres (narrative, expository, opinion, persuasive). Teacher guides and student writing samples are also included.
“Working with the Essential Guides has provided our educators with the structure needed to ensure students will meet the Common Core State Standards. Through the utilization of common vocabulary, explicit routines, and consistent application of writing strategies, students benefit by a spiraling exposure to the three types of writing that are assessed through the district and the state.”
—Catherine White, literacy coach, Natick Public Schools, Mass.