If your 3-6 graders struggle with writing...it's time to change that!
You're in the right place if this
sounds like you...
You are looking for a system to teach writing that helps you teach your students in a way that eliminates stress.
You want help fine tuning your writing workshop skills and having an actual PLAN!
You want to see success with your student's writing and a decrease in your stress as a teacher!
You want to STOP wondering WHAT you should be doing!
I know how frustrating this is,
because I've been there too!
When I first started teaching ELA to upper elementary students I was so lost. Our school district gave us very little materials to teach writing and I was always stressed out and felt like my students needed more structure. I needed a solid plan with lessons for each genre and a way to assess my students too!
That is what I have created for you!
The next question:
Where should you start?
If you ask yourself every year:
What should my lessons be about?
What mentor texts should I use?
How can I get students to revise their writing?
How do I assess and grade writing?
What genre should I start with?
Maybe you've tried to implement a comprehensive writing workshop before, but got lost on what exactly to teach and how to organize it all.
The 3 Roadblocks hindering your writing instruction
Roadblock #1: 'I don't have time to teach writing in the day'
Fact: When you learn how to effectively teach writing, you can fit it into your current literacy block. When you have the right tools and lessons in place, you will be amazed at all you can get done in the time you are given.
Roadblock #2: 'I don't like writing, so I can't be good at teaching it!
Fact: Students will feed off of your mindset. Although it may not be your favorite, you can learn to be an effective writing teaching and ditch the overwhelm. When you are less stressed, your students will be too!
Roadblock #3: 'I don't have all the materials and lessons I need"
Fact: Although a good materials and training make it easier, the best thing you can invest in is learning how to organize and deliver the lessons! Plus, in my program I give you ALL the lessons!
In this program you will learn...
Everything you need to teach writing to your students. This is a self paced professional development program that teaches you how to become a successful writing teacher. It's built for 3-6 grade teachers and includes a professional development certificate of completion. You will get four modules walking you trough the basics of teaching writing to the actual writing process. Then an additional 8 modules on each genre with lessons, structure, mentor texts, and materials needed for each!
Module 1: The Writing Rope
The writing rope consists of multiple components that are necessary to develop a skilled writer. This module will break down each strand of the writing rope to help create that understanding of the theory and research before we start to look at the practice!
Module 4: Writing Genres
Developing a deep understanding of writing genres will increase your students ability to create detailed writing. This module breaks down each genre to give you an understanding of the goals and focus for each one.
Module 7: Informational
This module consists of the lessons and the sequence for teaching informational writing. Informational writing is factual, and its purpose is to inform or explain something to the reader. In this module, students learn how to write informative pieces that provide factual information about a given topic.
Module 2: The Writing Process
This module dives deep into the writing process from brainstorming a topic to publishing. You get a breakdown of how to take your students from an idea to getting that on paper, revising and editing, and finally publishing!
Module 5: Personal Narratives
Personal narrative is a true story based on the life of the author. It’s descriptive in nature and outlines the events in logical order. This is a great form of writing for the start of the year. Learn how to implement this genre and get all the lessons for this unit of writing.
Module 3: Structure + Materials
In this module, you will learn the structure of the writing block and how to implement it.
As well as, all the materials needed to start a successful writing block.
Module 6: Creative Narratives
A creative narrative is fictional and focuses on building strong characters. These types of stories will have a clear problem and solution. This is great to encourage creativity in your students. You will find everything you need in this module to go from brainstorming to publishing.
Module 8: Constructed Response/TDA
This module gives the tools to teach constructed response or TDA (Text dependent analysis). You will learn to teach students to respond to a question, using evidence from the text and use inferring to support their answers.
Module 9: Research
In this module, you will learn to guide students through lessons on writing a research paper. From choosing a topic to research, planing, editing, and revising. Students will learn to research topics that are not already familiar to them.
Module 10: Opinion/ Argumentative
This module consists of the lessons and sequence for teaching opinion or argumentative writing. Students will learn to state their own opinions in an organized way with evidence for their ideas.
Module 11: Grading + Feedback
Learn how to grade and give feedback on your student's writing in an organized and constructive way. This module will teach you how to grade their writing and give them the feedback they need to grow as writers.
Module 12: Conferences
This final module teaches you how to conduct conferences with your students in a way that allows for their growth as writers Learn to organize and plan the conferences and fit this into your schedule.
The lessons are in modules 5-12 where I dive deep into each genre of writing.
These will be drip released to you each week after you complete the first 4 overview modules.
You will receive individual lessons and authentic mentor text examples for every genre and each grade from 3-6.
Each genre contains about 10-15 lessons including pre and post assessments.
Some lessons can take more than 2-3 days depending on time and content.
Here is an example lesson!
Everyone gets these
Plus, continued support...
You will also get access to our Writing Bridge Community right in the Kajabi app. This is a great way to connect and get support as you complete the course. Everything will be in one place so you don't get distracted by a social media support group.
There will be a weekly drip release of more content to support your development as a writing teacher. Start with the first 4 modules then get the following each week.
A professional development certificate of completion is awarded on completion.
You also get lifetime access to the course so you can learn on your own time and receive any updates for the course.
"I just finished the first part of The Writing Bridge and so far, I'm
"I'm loving this PD. So far I'm at the Genre module and the pacing is perfect for summer!"
"This is the just what I was looking for and I can't wait to complete it."
How do I take the class?
This program is available online which is great because you can take it on your own time! Watch or listen from your phone, IPad, or computer. Each module is checked of after you complete it. Get community support right in the app as you complete the course. Become a confident writing teacher in no time!
All classes are available online
Watch or listen
Do the modules one at a time
My name is Bridget Spackman