THE ONLY REGISTERED STEP-BY-STEP WRITING® SYSTEM
Every lesson builds upon the previous skill in the writing process within one piece of writing, including modeling, original mentor texts, and examples. It gives students a thorough understanding of how to put a quality piece of writing together and helps even the most reluctant writers become ROCKSTAR WRITERS®! One study shows that 98% of two classes using the program scored in the exceptional range on state testing. Find out more about the research-based system at Rockstar Writers®.
This resource is packed with ways to MOTIVATE-EDUCATE-DIFFERENTIATE! Students will be engaged, you will have already prepped and modeled lessons for explicit teaching, and the differentiation will make a difference.
DO YOU HAVE LIMITED TIME FOR WRITING INSTRUCTION?
This program can be taught without the interactive notebook pages. You can use the mini anchor charts for student notebooks to save time.
DO YOU NEED MORE CONFIDENCE IN TEACHING WRITING?
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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE WRITING UNITS?
★ SCRIPTED Lesson plans and ideas
★ Anchor charts
★ Differentiated Interactive Notebook Pages
★ Model Writing (For each lesson that builds into a quality essay)
★ Original Mentor Texts and a Suggested Mentor Text List of quality published books
★ Practice Worksheets (Ideal for independent work and homework)
★ Task Cards with Recording Templates (Perfect for centers)
★ Writing Checklists (In each type of writing)
★ Common Core Checklists
★ Word Lists (Tons of lists to give students ideas for their writing.)
★ Tracking Forms
★ Writing Goal Form
★ Peer Reflection Form
★ Personal Reflection Form
★ Rubrics (3-point and 4-point in each type of writing)
★ Final Copy Templates
★ Writing Prompt Cards
★ Passages in Argumentative and Informative (For note-taking lessons and for additional prompts)
★ Weekly Writing Guide for Students (Essay of the Week)
1: SENTENCE AND PARAGRAPH WRITING
I added this in case you have some students who need it!
LIST OF MINI-LESSONS:
1. Complete Sentences- Subjects/Predicates
3. Run-ons with FANBOYS chart
4. Topic Sentences with Rockin’ Beginnings and Indents
5. Relevant Details
6. Transition Words
7. Closing Sentences with Clinchers
2: 8TH GRADE NARRATIVE WRITING
A comparison of narratives and personal narratives is included to show how to use the lessons for both types of writing.
LIST OF MINI-LESSONS
1. Narrative Elements
2. Prewriting- How to Brainstorming
3. Prewriting- Using Graphic Organizers for Narrative Writing
4. How to Determine Task, Audience, Purpose, and Theme
5. What is a plot? (Includes anchor charts for exposition, antagonist/protagonist, internal/external conflict, rising and falling action, climax, and resolution
6. Writing an Introduction (exposition)
7. Writing a Body (Includes Power of 3, Suspense/Tension, Climax)
8. Working with Developing Character and Actions
9. How to Use Dialogue
10. Writing a Conclusion
11. Strategies to Write a Rough Draft
12. How to Form a Writing Goal
13. D.A.R.E. to Revise (How to Delete, Add, Rearrange, Exchange)
14. How to Write a Rockin’ Beginning (Strong Leads)
15. Using Transition Words
16. How to Use Word Choice (Million Dollar Words)
17. How to Provide Sentence Variety
18. How to Write a Jammin’ Conclusion
19. How to Craft a Title
20. C.U.P.S. to Edit
21. Editing Capitalization
22. Editing Usage
23. Editing Punctuation
24. Editing Spelling
25. Rules for Peer Reflections
26. Writing a Final Copy
3: 8TH GRADE ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING
LIST OF MINI-LESSONS
1. What is an argumentative essay? Argumentative Strategies- Warrants, Rebuttals
2. 5 Types of Claims
3. Argumentative Elements
4. Prewriting- How to Brainstorm
5. Prewriting- Using Graphic Organizers
6. How to Determine Task, Audience, Purpose, Formal Style
8. Writing an Introduction
9. Writing a Body (Power of 3, facts and details)
10. How to Strengthen Claims
11. How to Take Notes, Avoid Plagiarism, Citing Sources
12. Credible Sources, Types of Evidence
13. Writing a Conclusion
14. Strategies to Write a Rough Draft
15. How to Plan a Writing Goal
16. DARE to Revise (How to Delete, Add, Rearrange, Exchange)
17. How to Write a Rockin’ Beginning (Strong Leads)
18. Using Transition Words, Clauses, Phrases
19. Adding Key Words and Phrases
20. How to Provide Sentence Variety
21. How to Write a Jammin’ Conclusion
22. How to Craft a Title
23. CUPS to Edit
24. Editing Capitalization
25. Editing Usage
26. Editing Punctuation
27. Editing Spelling
28. Rules for Peer Reflections
29. Writing a Final Copy
4: 8TH GRADE INFORMATIVE WRITING
(Directions for a research assignment are included.)
LIST OF MINI-LESSONS
1. What is Informative Writing
2. Strategies for Informative Writing
3. 5 Types of Claims
4. Informative Elements
5. Credible Sources
6. Types of Evidence
7. Prewriting- How to Brainstorm
8. Prewriting- Using Graphic Organizers
9. How to Determine Task, Audience, Purpose, Formal Style
10. Organization Structures
11. Writing an Introduction
12. Writing a Body (Power of 3, facts and details)
13. How to Take Notes, Avoid Plagiarism, Citing Sources
14. Writing a Conclusion
15. Strategies to Write a Rough Draft
16. How to Plan a Writing Goal
17. DARE to Revise (How to Delete, Add, Rearrange, Exchange)
18. How to Write a Rockin’ Beginning (Strong Leads)
19. Using Transition Words
20. Adding Key Words
21. How to Provide Sentence Variety
22. How to Write a Jammin’ Conclusion
23. How to Craft a Title
24. CUPS to Edit
25. Editing Capitalization
26. Editing Usage
27. Editing Punctuation
28. Editing Spelling
29. Graphics/ Heading/ Picture Captions
30. Table of Contents and Glossary
31. Rules for Peer Reflections
32. Writing a Final Copy
5: BRAINSTORMING IDEAS
Start with brainstorming ideas for the year! There is an interest inventory and interactive pages for (I Love, I Wonder, My Family, and My Feelings).
6: STUDENT RESOURCE GUIDE
It has many skills and ideas for students to use when writing. Make a copy for your writing center, or give one to each student!
7: WRITING PROCESS POSTERS
There are a variety of styles to meet your needs. Place a clothespin with each student’s name on the first step and have them move it each time they take the next step in the writing process! You can quickly see who may need help.
8: WRITING PROCESS PLANS AND PAGES
Lesson plans, anchor charts, and interactive pages.
9: SPELLING DICTIONARY
Students can use it to look up words and add words they frequently use.
3 Versions (Mini booklet, Full-page, Google (Link in the mini booklet)
10: EDITABLE PACING GUIDE
The pacing guide is a suggested way to use the program. It is easily editable if your district requires you to teach in a different order.
11: COVER PAGES, TABS, AND TABLE OF CONTENTS
These can be used for each section of the notebook.
BONUS FILE- READ FIRST- SET UP AND RESOURCES
★ Support: Exclusive access to my email and Step-by-Step Writing Facebook Group
★ Getting Ready
★ Order of Skills
★ Writing Workshop Schedule
★ Steps for each lesson
★ Techniques for Teaching Writing
★ Setting Up Notebooks
★ Mini Lesson Instructions
★ Decorating notebook (Including student handout)
★ Portfolio Labels
★ Portfolio Message to Parents
★ Quick Notebook Check Rubric
★ Presentation Rubric
★ Writing Workshop Rules
★ Teacher Binder Cover Pages for each section
Look no further! It is all here! It is a STEP-by-STEP, user-friendly writing program. I can’t wait for you to join the band!
COMMON CORE WRITING AND LANGUAGE STANDARDS
8.W.1, 8.W.1.a, 8.W.1.b, 8.W.1.c, 8.W.1.d,
8.W.2, 8.W.2.a, 8.W.2.b, 8.W.2.c, 8.W.2.d
8.W.3, 8.W.3.a, 8.W.3.b, 8.W.3.c, 8.W.3.d, 8.W.3.e,
8.W.4, 8.W.5, 8.W.6, 8.W.7, 8.W.8, 8.W.9, 8.W.10
8.L.1.a, 8.L.1.b, 8.L.1.c, 8.L.1.d, 8.L.1.e, 8.L.1.f, 8.L.1.g
8.L.2.a, 8.L.2.b, 8.L.2.c. 8.L.2.d, 8.L.3.a
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