Handwriting: Traditional print and cursive are taught using Handwriting Without Tears®.
Students focus on using the proper pencil grip while writing, along with forming their letters and words with appropriate size and spacing.
WRITING MATTERS &
FUNDAMENTALS IN THE SENTENCE WRITING CURRICULUM STRATEGY-
"Instruction in Fundamentals in the Sentence Writing Strategy is appropriate for students who need a thorough grounding in basic concepts and terms, such as "subject," "verb," or "infinitive." Fundamentals in the Sentence Writing Strategy can be used as a developmental writing curriculum or as a quick set of lessons to improve students' understanding of these concepts.
Once students have that basic understanding, they may move on to Proficiency in the Sentence Writing Strategy. Together these components constitute a strategy for recognizing and writing 14 sentence patterns with four types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.
In studies, students who have learned the Sentence Writing Strategy consistently produce written products that contain 100 percent complete sentences and at least 40 percent complicated sentences. Their written products include more words, more sentences, and a greater variety of sentences than those of low-achieving students who have not learned the strategy."
PARAGRAPH WRITING STRATEGY-
"With the Paragraph Writing Strategy, students learn to list ideas related to a topic; plan the point of view and verb tense to be used in the paragraph; plan the sequence in which ideas will be expressed; and write a variety of topic, detail, and clincher sentences.
Research has shown that students who master the Paragraph Writing Strategy consistently produce written pieces that contain topic, detail, and clincher sentences. Their sentences are written with a consistent point of view, tense is consistent, ideas are logically sequenced, and they include appropriate transitions between ideas."
Teaching students how to write multiple paragraph essays.
Institute of Excellence in Writing
Institute for Excellence in Writing-
Begins with the basics—rewriting a paragraph—and continue all the way into advanced creative and essay writing. Learn how to nurture excellence in writing and thinking in students of any age.