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"I wish we had resources to teach writing that my students enjoyed."
"I feel unprepared to teach writing properly."
"I hate having to search out writing lessons that never really fit together."
"I never have time to really plan writing the way I'd like."
Each grade level includes standard-aligned lessons and activities. We don't group grades together because we want them perfectly aligned to the grade level!
Get access to rubrics and grading checklists that will make assessment a breeze!
All of our lessons are student-approved. We choose high-interest topics to spark student thinking.
We go way beyond editing marks, with organizers for authentic revision & editing. We also help with forms for conferences that are tailored to each type of writing!
All daily lesson plans are fully editable PowerPoint files! You can simply print them (or assign on devices) and teach, or you can make any changes you need to accommodate your students.
Every student activity and organizer is also available on Google Slides to easily assign in Google Classroom.
This membership is all inclusive. When you join, you get access to the daily lesson plans and materials you need to engage your students in high quality writing tasks. In addition, you get all current and future training. Our goal is to keep you current on new writing strategies, so that you have all of the tools to help your students succeed!
Master the Mini-Lesson Learn how to use the writing lesson plans to deliver the perfect 15 minute mini-lesson in a way that engages your students and prepares them to complete their writing assignment.
The Digital Classroom This training will teach you exactly how to use the digital lessons included in this membership in a way that sets you and your students up for writing success! If your students have devices, you won't want to miss this training!
Organizing Student Writing It can be a challenge to organize all of the paper that comes with the writing process. If your students don't have 1:1 devices, or you prefer to teach writing primarily on paper, this is a great training on how to keep it all organized. We also discuss the importance of organization when students need to return to their notes to complete future writing assignments.
Our training library is constantly growing! We choose the future training topics based on member suggestions, so make sure to send us your ideas after you join!
April Smith | Content Creator
April taught upper elementary grades for ten years before leaving the classroom to train teachers and write her first book, Project Based Learning Made Simple. Before she left the classroom, she had the honor of training new teachers on the craft of writing instruction. She was also honored with Intermediate Teacher of the Year in 2015 for her work integrating 21st century learning into her 4th, 5th, and 6th grade ELA classroom. Now April primarily focuses on creating engaging lessons for students that all teachers can easily implement. Her main focus is to create self-directed learners who enjoy coming to school each day. It was her experience working with writing teachers that inspired her to create this membership program.
I took over my district's writing trainings several years ago. As a teacher who loves teaching writing, it was a bit of a shock to find out that most teachers did not feel the same way. Our teachers were completely lost with writing planning. They had mismatched resources from the last 15 years of multiple writing curriculums and advisors. They were pulling from binders, filing cabinets, and Teachers Pay Teachers, and trying to put it all together. They were frustrated because writing had become tedious to plan and teach, and their students were definitely not "getting it" or enjoying the process. The focus on multiple choice test skills had left writing in the dust.
As I tried to assist my first group of teachers in nailing down the writing process, I realized that an 8 hour training was not nearly long enough to give them what they needed to teach all types of writing. They just wanted lesson plans that worked, so that they could focus on everything else they had to do. They were not the only ones with this problem. After years working with teachers around the country, I realized that writing has been left behind almost everywhere. This membership was born from this need.
No, these lesson plans are custom made for this membership. We make all of our calendars and lessons specifically for the month and year you will be using them. Additional resources and some handouts included may be similar to tried and true resources in my TpT store.
Yes, we accept purchase orders for annual subscriptions. We can get the process started by filling out this form.
We use the Common Core State Standards to align each grade level's lesson plans and activities. While most writing standards are pretty universal, it's a good idea to look at the lessons once you join to make sure they align well with your standards if you don't use CCSS. If they don't align, you can cancel your membership for a full refund within 7 days of purchase.
The membership is built to fit into a variety of schedules, and all units can be easily molded to your start and end dates. Formal lesson plans will be provided from August 1-May 31. Additional content will be provided for those who are in school during months that do not have coverage. Some examples of this content are: bonus lessons, extra journaling, and grammar resources. These will be available for you throughout the year to fill any gaps or use for other purposes. All lesson plans are given weekly, so you can easily move lessons on your calendar around your individual school breaks and start/end dates.
Absolutely! We have many homeschoolers who have signed up for this membership and use it with fidelity. The included materials can easily be tailored to your child's needs.
Yes, the lesson plans change each month. You will have access to the current month's lessons, as well as one prior and one future month.
You will always have access to an ever-growing library of additional resources, including grammar lessons, writing forms, training, and more!
We recommend at least 35 minutes each day for a full lesson, but you can easily spend more time on each lesson if you have a longer writing block. Lessons can also be split in half if needed. The daily lesson plans and most student organizers are editable. We've built in several layers of flexibility to make sure these lessons work in most classrooms.
Yes, but not until 30 days after the month has ended. You will have access to the current month's lessons, as well as one prior and one future month. You can always download the lessons to your computer if you need them past their expiration date. As long as you are a member, you can use any material set you have downloaded at any time. All bonus lessons, tools, and grammar lessons are available year-round.
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