Each lesson in Strategies for Writers is built on a blueprint that teaches each step of the writing process for every piece of writing students create. In each of three text types—Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, and Opinion or Argument—students write texts in multiple genres and learn how the traits of strong writing are expressed in different types of writing.
Every lesson begins with a model writing sample that provides students with an example of the type of text they’ll be writing.
They evaluate and score the sample using a genre-specific rubric that describes the characteristics of that particular text.
For each text, students complete each of the five stages of the writing process:
Instruction in grammar, usage, and mechanics is integrated into every lesson.
All writing is characterized by six observable, assessable, revisable, and editable features—the six traits:
- Word Choice
- Sentence Fluency
Strategies for Writers teaches students how to bring these traits to their work so that they're not just learning the process of writing; they're also learning how to imbue their writing with the qualities that grab readers’ attention and hold it.