Writing & Thinking: A Process Approach

Grades 1–6

The most comprehensive and easy-to-manage instructional approach to the writing process there is!

Step-by-step writing instruction guides your students through every stage of the writing process.

Fully-developed lesson plans in each unit guide young writers through the entire writing process clearly and easily. Writing & Thinking teaches specific strategies for each type of writing – narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive. Easy-to-use scoring rubrics minimize your time spent on evaluation, while extensions to literature and content areas make the reading/writing connection.

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What it is...

Good writing doesn't just happen. It's the result of a process that involves both writing and thinking skills. It's a process that must be taught - through good instruction and extensive practice.

  • Writing & Thinking provides both the instruction and the practice that are essential to developing good writing skills in an easy-to-manage format for grades one through six.
  • Writing and Thinking is a complete program of writing instruction - not just a list of suggestions. Carefully planned and sequenced activities give you a basis for detailed direct instruction while student practice materials reinforce each step of the writing process.

What it does...

Writing and Thinking translates key research findings into practical classroom application, preparing students for state and local assessments. The program's instructional sequence develops students' awareness of, and faculty with, the essential features of narrative, descriptive, expository, and persuasive writing.

How it works...

Writing and Thinking incorporates fundamental writing process instruction into practical classroom application.

Task-Specific Prewriting: Each unit develops proven strategies specific to one particular writing task - narrative, descriptive, expository, or persuasive.

Systematic Prewriting: Carefully structured prewriting activities help students understand a general writing concept, link the concept to their own experiences, identify a topic, generate ideas, and select details to shape a piece of writing.

Instructional Scaffolding: Prewriting activities in each unit establish "features of the piece," the basis for guiding students consistently through specific steps in drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.

Authentic Rubrics: Students incorporate the "features of the piece" in drafting and revising. These features form the basis of the rubrics you will use for quick and consistent scoring of student papers.

How it works for you...

Writing & Thinking Teacher Manuals feature easy-to-use lesson plans and instructional strategies for each step of the writing process:

  • Developing a Topic
  • Choosing Audience and Purpose
  • Planning
  • Drafting
  • Revising
  • Editing
  • Publishing

Also included are scoring rubrics, techniques for peer responding, samples of student writing and suggestions for teacher-student conferencing.

Classroom Sets include 1 Teacher Manual and 1 Reproducible Masters Binder.

Reproducible Masters provide student prewriting activities as well as checklists for drafting, gathering feedback, revising, editing, and proofreading.
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Teacher Manuals feature easy-to-use lesson plans and instructional strategies for each step of the writing process.
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  • Exploring prior knowledge
  • Forming a writing concept
  • Analyzing student writing models
  • Determining the features of the piece
  • Deciding on task, audience, and purpose
  • Selecting a topic
  • Choosing and organizing details


  • Composing a first draft
  • Obtaining peer feedback


  • Incorporating changes
  • Preparing the final draft
  • Checking for conventions of grammar, spelling, and mechanics


  • Publishing
  • Evaluating
  • Extending the experience

Scope & Sequence for Writing & Thinking

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