Learning A-Z will retire WritingCity in Summer 2023 to provide you with our entirely NEW Writing A-Z solution.
With Writing A-Z, your teachers will have access to new grade-specific lesson plans, embedded professional development, an enhanced interactive writing tool, engaging writing activities guided by fun, new characters, and a lot more! Want help communicating the change to your teachers? Use this email template as a starting point!
We know that change can be challenging, especially when saying goodbye to a product that has served you well, that's why we have granted you the option to schedule your migration to the NEW Writing A-Z.
Learn more about the differences between WritingCity and the NEW Writing A-Z, access product samples, and schedule your free upgrade today!
Everything You Need to Teach Writing
|Writing instruction & practice for students||Flexible K-5 writing curriculum designed to make writing instruction easier for teachers and more engaging for students|
|BUILT TO||BUILT TO|
|Support educators with the lessons needed to effectively teach writing, and function as a stand-alone writing program||Empower educators with the confidence and tools necessary to effectively teach writing and function as a stand-alone or supplemental writing program, or as a complement to any core literacy plan|
|BEST FOR||BEST FOR|
|All students in Grades K-5||All students in Grades K-5|
|OPTIMAL USE CASE||OPTIMAL USE CASE|
|Step-by-step writing instruction; Lesson plans that integrate text types and production of writing standards||Explicit writing instruction and targeted writing practice; Time-saving lesson plans that integrate text types, purpose, and production of writing standards; Ready-to-use resources and materials that reduce teacher preparation time|
|WHAT’S INCLUDED||WHAT’S INCLUDED|
1 Teacher License + 36 Student
1 Teacher License + 36 Student
|CONTENT FORMATS||CONTENT FORMATS|
|Online, Printable||Online, Mobile, Printable, Projectable|
|INSTRUCTIONAL SETTING||INSTRUCTIONAL SETTING|
|Whole group, small group, or digital independent practice||Whole group, small group, or digital independent practice|
Aligned to individual state standards
See How the NEW Writing A-Z Supports Your Classroom
The features below are just a sample of all the great resources you’ll have access to in the NEW Writing A-Z. To see it all come together, take the NEW Writing A-Z tour and register for a complimentary, on-demand product orientation led by our Professional Learning Services team.
NEW Writing A-Z was created with teachers in mind, which is why its curriculum was designed for maximum flexibility.
The NEW Writing A-Z grants educators with the power to select one of two pathways- Follow Our Path or Choose Your Path. Follow Our Path is an explicit, sequenced writing curriculum, whereas Choose Your Path offers a supplemental solution.
Explicit K-5 Lesson Plans with Instructional Support
Our easy-to-use, explicit and systematic lessons follow the gradual release model (I Do, We Do, You Do). Units are organized by genre (opinion, informative, and narrative), and are broken into modules for a total of 80 standards-aligned lessons per grade level. Teachers have robust support with cheat sheets, tips, sample dialogue, and conference look fors.
Point-of-Use Teacher Support
Writing A-Z’s embedded professional development resources equip teachers with multi-modal assets to build teacher confidence and competency in a matter of minutes rather than days, making it easier to fit into a busy schedule.
Embedded PD assets include Learn from the Experts videos, Put into Practice videos, Listen & Learn audio, and Read the Research articles.
Collaborative Writing Tools
Our trademarked digital writing tool, WaLT (Writing and Learning Together), offers a side-by-side view of planning and drafting space with access to reference texts, checklists, graphic organizers, and more.
For teachers, WaLT provides a place to model writing, while offering students a place to write without fumbling through cumbersome papers.
Enhanced Student Engagement
Engaging interactivities and digital practice opportunities help students learn while reinforcing writing and grammar skills. A fun cast of characters accompany students on their learning journey as they complete quests to earn rewards through the student portal.
Experience the NEW Writing A-Z for Yourself
Dig deeper into the NEW Writing A-Z with a 14-day free trial and see what’s in store for your classrooms.
In short, to offer a better solution! Teachers told us they needed grade-specific, explicit lesson plans for writing as well as the support, training, and flexibility necessary to implement a writing curriculum. With sequenced lesson plans and a consistent K-5 instructional sequence, the NEW Writing A-Z is a much more comprehensive solution than WritingCity.
June 23, 2023 — Last day to choose your early upgrade date
July 14, 2023 — Early upgrading ends. After this date, all upgrades will be automatic and completed by the end of July.
You have until June 23, 2023 to choose a date for your early upgrade to the NEW Writing A-Z, but why wait? Upgrading earlier gives teachers more time to explore the new resources at their fingertips and be ready to teach writing with confidence in the fall.
If you choose not to schedule an early upgrade, all WritingCity customers will be automatically migrated to the NEW Writing A-Z by the end of July 2023 so you are ready before the school year.
Schedule your upgrade with our date picker tool. The last day to schedule an early upgrade is June 23, 2023. Please note, only order-holders can select an upgrade date. If you are a non-order holder, you will be notified in-product of your upcoming upgrade date.
Once your account has been migrated, you will not be able to revert back to your WritingCity account.
Once you choose a migration date, a banner will appear within your teachers’ WritingCity account with the date of the upgrade. We have also prepared a migration notification email for you to download, personalize, and share with your teachers.
WritingCity customers will be upgraded at no cost.