• Strategies for Writers

    Language Arts, GRADES K-6, American English

Getting your students ready to succeed as effective writers.

Strategies for Writers

Strategies for Writers

Today’s standards put a new emphasis on writing to ensure that students are ready for the rigors of college and the expectations of today’s workplace. Strategies for Writers is a flexible writing resource for the next generation of students.

Strategies for Writers provides instruction that incorporates genre-specific characteristics of the six traits of writing for every step of the writing process. It includes:

  • Differentiated instruction
  • Analysis of writing models
  • Grammar and conventions of standard written English
  • Daily and weekly planners
  • Common Core State Standard correlations and references

Maximize success with student-friendly, self-guided writing instruction, presented in flexible lessons that can be completed in any order. With Strategies for Writers, students will write routinely for a range of tasks, purposes and audiences in multiple genres within the text types. They will also:

  • Analyze writing models by reading
  • Master the grammar and conventions of standard written English
  • Practice their writing skills independently using
  • the Writer’s Journal

Strategies for Writers will build students’ confidence through explicit instruction, modeling, and practice for each of the writing text types. Students will:

  • Thoughtfully communicate and support opinions (opinion or argument writing)
  • Efficiently examine complex ideas (informative/explanatory writing)
  • Thoroughly convey experiences and events (narrative writing)

Strategies for Writers provides ample writing practice for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences within Narrative, Informative/Explanatory, and Opinion or Argument text types. The leveled program ensures students will meet the requirements of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

The content of Strategies for Writers has been developed around the six

essential writing traits


  • a clear topic or plot
  • details that describe actions, thoughts, or feelings


  • the events in order
  • a strong beginning and ending
  • temporal words that show the order of events


  • a voice that speaks directly to the audience
  • if used, dialogue that fits the characters


  • exact words that tell the story


  • sentences that are smooth


  • no or few errors in spelling, punctuation, and capitalizatio
Strategies for WritersTM Components
  • Student Editions: Follow a 5-step writing process to help students produce examples of narrative, informative/explanatory and opinion or argument writing.

  • Writer’s Journals: Give students additional writing practice related to the text types seen in the Student Edition.

  • Teacher Editions: Provide daily and weekly planners and give tips and instructions for running grade-level appropriate classes.

  • Writer’s Journals Teacher Editions: Give answers to the Writer’s Journal activities.


Student Materials

Student resources

For Students at each level
  • Student Editions
  • Writer’s Journals