Today's rigorous ELA standards require students to be able to write effectively and proficiently. In order to ensure college and career readiness, students must be able to write for a variety of purposes, research and present knowledge on a topic, and produce and publish writing in a variety of text types.
Reading A-Z books offer excellent models for organizing ideas for different purposes such as writing for informational, argumentative, and narrative text. Key resources that model effective writing with various text types include Leveled Books, Writer Responses, Poetry Writing Lessons, Close Reading Packs, and Common Core Lesson Supplements.
Throughout the dozens of resources in each Science A-Z unit, students are prompted to write in response to reading about science concepts. And, just as real scientists and engineers do, students also practice writing as they conduct hands-on science investigations and experiments.
Writing A-Z offers writing lessons for multiple genres and text types. Each lesson comes with associated student resource templates, each designed for students at 4 different levels of writing proficiency to help teachers differentiate their instruction. The product also includes hundreds of additional tools for developing students' writing skills.
The Common Core standards and many of the new state standards focus on 3 writing categories: 1) explanatory/informational, 2) narrative, and 3) opinion/argument.
Studies show that learning to present important information in an organized piece of writing helps students generate a greater understanding of a text. In addition, it aids them in improving both their reading comprehension and their writing skills. With Common Core English language arts Standards, students are required to use writing to incorporate the skills of citing evidence from text. They learn to analyze content and use correct English rules of grammar. Students are also encouraged to develop a highly academic and rich vocabulary, as well as report their learnings.
See how Learning A-Z products help teach CCSS writing skills.