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Our Mission & Program Walk-Through

 

Does any of this sound familiar?

"I wish we had resources to teach writing that my students enjoyed."

"I'd love to have more time for higher quality writing instruction."

"I hate having to search out writing lessons that never really fit together."

"My students struggle to actually improve their writing."

Let me guess... you have a very short writing block, where you're supposed to teach core writing standards, grammar, and somehow bring all of your struggling writers up to grade level?

The expectations can be overwhelming. One teacher in my training sessions told me, "I know I'm failing my students."

I knew she was absolutely not failing her students. She was lacking the resources and support she needed to implement writing in a way that reached her students.

We're opening up the Simplify Writing program to 3rd-5th grade teachers who want to improve their writing instruction and decrease the time they spend planning and stressing over the writing block.

This program is for you if:

You want to have cohesive materials that can help you take your writing instruction to the next level.

We provide you with daily, standard-aligned lesson plans for your grade level and all of the accompanying materials you need to teach it. Our units help you deliver targeted lessons that allow you more time for 1-on-1 conferencing and small group.

Yep, this is me!

You're spending way too much time creating teacher models for your lessons.

I used to spend hours of my planning time thinking up examples for each step of the writing process. Our program includes all of the teacher models you need to teach your lesson!

I'd like my weekends back!

You're looking for better ways to fit it all in and meet your instructional goals.

One of the highlights of the Simplify Writing program is our training. When you join, you'll have access to a full, self-paced 8-hour course, Success With Simplify Writing®. The training sessions in the course will teach you how to fit in targeted mini-lessons, journaling, conferencing, authentic feedback, and more! 

*Success With Simplify Writing® will be released on June 15, 2020. 

I'd love this training!

You want students to understand the real-life applications of writing.

Writing is an important piece of every single subject area! We want you to be able to teach quality writing lessons that will have a positive impact on your students' writing abilities in real life. We include text-based writing, science connections, social studies connections, literature connections, and much more in our monthly units.

I'm ready to make writing authentic!

Or, maybe you have a paperless classroom and want a program compatible with Google ClassroomTM.

Every mentor text, reference text, and student organizer is formatted for Google ClassroomTM. We even have a tech library to help you if you're new to teaching writing on devices!

Yes, I LOVE having a digital option!

Content is in the form of digital downloads, such as PDFs, PowerPoints, and Google files. No physical materials will be sent to you. Any printed material shown in images and video is for example purposes only. You are responsible for printing any paper resources you download from this program.

This is a Fully Inclusive Writing Program

Lesson plans are available for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.

Standard-Alignment

Each grade level includes standard-aligned lessons and activities. We don't group grades together because we want them perfectly aligned to the grade level!

Rubrics & Grading, Simplified

Get access to rubrics and grading checklists that will make assessment a breeze!

Grammar Instruction

Our unique approach to grammar instruction helps students master the skills instead of making the same mistakes over and over again in their writing.

Authentic Tools for Revision & Editing

We go way beyond editing marks, with organizers for authentic revision & editing. We also help with forms for conferences that are tailored to each type of writing!

Optional Digital Student Materials

Every student activity and organizer is also available on Google Slides to easily assign in Google Classroom.

Fully Editable Lesson Plans

All daily lesson plans are fully editable PowerPoint files! You can simply print them (or assign on devices) and teach, or you can make any changes you need to accommodate your students.

Teaching Targeted Lessons With Mini-Lessons & Teacher Models

We teach very targeted mini-lessons (15-20 minutes in length) that focus on one specific part of the writing process. These mini-lessons:

  • Provide students with a specific example of what they need to do in their writing.
  • Include organizers that are easy for students to use.
  • Utilize color-coding and other strategies that you'll see students using during their own writing time.
  • Give students an action to take to incorporate what they've learned into their own writing after the mini-lesson. 
I want access to these lessons!

Join Over 1,000 Well-Prepared Writing Teachers!

 

Fully Editable Daily Lessons

We've done ALL of the lesson plans for you! Each daily lesson plan includes:

  • Full lesson plans with standards, learning goals, success criteria, and step-by-step directions.
  • Use of provided mentor text.
  • Teacher models to use to teach the lesson to your students with targeted mini-lessons.
  • Blank organizers for students.
I'm ready to join!

Our Writing Calendar

Need to follow a different schedule? That's ok! Our lessons are extremely flexible and can be moved around to meet your needs.

8-Hour Training Course

When you join, you get access to the daily lesson plans and materials you need to engage your students in high quality writing tasks. It's important to be able to use the materials with confidence, so we provide you with a full training course called Success With Simplify Writing®. In this course, you'll learn how to work with students during mini-lessons, student work, and conferencing to set and attain writing goals using the program materials. 

The Success With Simplify Writing® course goes live on June 15, 2020!

Yep, sign me up!

Our Approach to Grammar

We believe that grammar instruction should often be individualized. The Simplify Writing® Program guides teachers in setting realistic grammar goals with students so that they don't continue to repeat the same errors in their writing over and over again. Our growing library of Grammar Reference Pages allow for grammar instruction in whole group, small group, and 1-on-1 writing conferences.

Program Licensing 

One program purchase provides the license to use these materials in one classroom. If you have multiple teachers on your team using the writing materials, you must each have your own license. 

Sitewide Licenses & Purchase Orders

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Frequently Asked Questions

We use the Common Core State Standards to align each grade level's lesson plans and activities. While most writing standards are pretty universal, it's a good idea to look at the lessons once you join to make sure they align well with your standards if you don't use CCSS. We even have a TEKS crosswalk in our Writing Toolbox section! If the resources don't align, you can cancel your membership for a full refund within 30 days of purchase.

Yes! Each grade level has it's own standard-aligned lessons, with a unique mentor text and teacher examples. The organizers used are similar, so you'll have continuity if you're working in a multi-grade classroom.

The program is built to fit into a variety of schedules, and all units can be easily molded to your start and end dates. Ten full months of lesson plans are included. All lesson plans are given weekly, so you can easily move lessons on your calendar around your individual school breaks and start/end dates. Flex lessons are included to account for holidays.

No, these lesson plans are custom made for this membership. They're also fully editable, which means they don't include clipart like you'd see in a Teachers Pay Teachers resource.

We recommend at least 40 minutes each day for a full lesson (including student writing time), but you can easily spend more time on each lesson if you have a longer writing block. We've built in several layers of flexibility to make sure these lessons work in most classrooms.

Our program technically includes 200 full lesson plans, but 50 of those days are "flex days" that aren't integral to the unit. This allows for a variety of school calendars. Most teachers use 180 days of the lessons each year.

Absolutely! We have many homeschoolers who have signed up for this program and use it with fidelity. The included materials can easily be tailored to your child's needs.

We stand behind the program with an extended 30 day cancellation policy. If the program doesn't work for you for any reason the first month, just e-mail us and we will cancel your account and refund your money. 

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