Writing

Grades K-3 Resources

MAISA Units
These units of study were developed by Michigan teachers, ISD consultants, instructional specialists, and administrators.

Six Traits of Writing
This resource explains how writers can use the six traits to develop their idea.

Grades 4-5 Resources

MAISA Units
These units of study were developed by Michigan teachers, ISD consultants, instructional specialists, and administrators.

Implementing Writer’s Workshop in Grades 4-6
This site provides techniques for managing the components of writer’s workshop, including mini-lessons, time for writing, conferring and sharing.

Grades 6-12 Resources

PDF DocumentCounterargument in Persuasive Writing Mini-lesson 
This lesson presents a model for writing an effective counterargument.

Word DocumentDeveloping Effective Counterarguments 
A graphic organizer can be used to help students compose a complete counterargument that includes the opposite opinion, reasons why others feel that way, and reasons why those beliefs are wrong (rebuttal).

MAISA Units
These units of study were developed by Michigan teachers, ISD consultants, instructional specialists, and administrators.

Workshop Investigation Opportunities
Organized in table form, this document provides educators with resources for implementing a writer’s workshop in secondary ELA classrooms.

Writing Next
This report offers teachers research-based strategies for teaching writing to 21st century adolescents.

Writing Across the Curriculum

Teachers across the disciplines use writing-to-learn and writing-to-demonstrate-knowledge to enhance the learning of students in all disciplines. These strategies use English Language Arts content but can be applied to all content areas.

PDF DocumentWriting Across the Curriculum - ELA 
PDF DocumentWriting Across the Curriculum - Science

PDF Document
Writing Across the Curriculum - Social Studies
 

Additional Resources

ReadWriteThink
Sponsored by NCTE, this site includes hundreds of research-based classroom lessons along with professional development resources.

PDF DocumentRevision Rummy
Students can use this card game to stimulate better revision strategies.

WritingFix
Designed by National Writing Project fellows, this site includes workshops, prompts, lessons and materials for teachers of writing.

Writing Resources for All Levels
This comprehensive site provides educators with resources for teaching writing in different contexts and for a variety of purposes and audiences.