What is Step Up to Writing?
For those of you who have stumbled upon this page without the benefit of having experienced the training on September 20-21, here is a general introduction to the program that comes from their own website.
Step Up to Writing® features research-based, hands-on writing strategies and activities that help students proficiently write narrative, personal narrative, and expository pieces; actively engage in reading materials for improved comprehension; and demonstrate competent study and critical thinking skills. This comprehensive resource creates a common writing language throughout the grade levels and content areas. With multiple strategies for each phase of the writing process, Step Up can fill in the gaps in the core curriculum or act as the core writing instruction.
Step Up to Writing® provides the "how" for teachers trying to show their students well, organized, highly elaborated, meaningful paragraphs and essays. It is compatable with most writing programs and strategies, including the 6 traits. Click on this link to the Step Up to Writing® web page to get more information.
Step Up Common Core Alignment
Step Up to Writing®provides students with powerful tools that will help them with the tasks demanded of them in the Common Core State Standards. The planning tool helps them write with clarity and depth. The note-taking tools help them to pull evidence from complex texts that the standards demands they analyze. The summarization tools help students to streamline the major components of any text. The sentence writing tools help them to articulate their ideas with fluency.
Step Up provides a great tool for teachers in their Common Core Alignment . With it, as teachers plan standards-based lessons, the can incorporate which tools they will utilize. This document is a searchable pdf document. Simply type the tool number in the search field, and it will take you to every standard with which that tool is aligned.