What’s unique about Growing Writers? Two things!
- Growing Writers is based on explicit instruction, a structured and systematic way of teaching academic skills. Explicit instruction is characterized by clear learning goals for each lesson, introduction of new information in small steps, and frequent checking for student understanding. Each lesson has three parts: teacher explanation and modeling (“I do it”), student participation in group practice (“We do it”) and independent practice (“You do it”). With such deliberate and thorough instruction, failure becomes impossible! (See the writing samples on this website that follow six students through a school year).
- Growing Writers doesn’t allow for failure, but neither does it allow for boredom. Your skilled writers will breeze through the basic lesson and then find a challenge awaiting them. Each day has a conventions lesson and a creative activity. The balance of how much time students spend on each will be determined by their needs as writers. In this way, Growing Writers provides ready-made differentiation.