California

Writing Curriculum


The Simplify Writing® Curriculum is aligned to the California Common Core Standards. It prepares students for the writing and grammar portion of CAASPP assessments.

YOUR STUDENTS DESERVE QUALITY LESSONS

Why Simplify Writing® is the Best Choice for California Students

Systematic,
Explicit Lessons

We provide teachers with flexible writing lessons that can be used in both universal and intervention settings.

SoR-Aligned Encoding

Our lessons support the relationships between sounds and words as students learn to spell.

Includes Professional Development

We include a rigorous 8-hour writing training on using evidence-based practices in their literacy block.

Science of Writing
Research-Based Components

Component

Evidence

Systematic, Explicit Instruction

Every Simplify Writing® unit focuses on one targeted skill, breaking down the writing process into manageable pieces for clarity. Teachers use direct instruction to model each skill and provide opportunities for students to immediately apply it in their own writing.


Graphic Organizers

Consistent graphic organizers are used for each part of the writing process from Kindergarten to 8th grade, providing a framework for students to map ideas and organize their thoughts. 


Integration with Reading

Students will interact with high-quality mentor texts and reference texts throughout each unit. Authentic writing tasks also allow students to apply and extend their comprehension skills in writing. Finally, students will use and apply phonics skills for encoding, connecting the tasks of reading and writing. 


Modeling & Exemplar Usages

Teacher models are the cornerstone of every Simplify Writing® unit, with guidance that shows teachers exactly how to use the mentor texts provided to model skills for students. Student exemplars are also provided for every genre to show authentic writing at a range of levels. 


Consistent & Timely Feedback

The Simplify Writing® curriculum uses quick check-ins, peer feedback, small groups, and 1-on-1 conferring to ensure all students have the support they need to grow as writers. 

Science of Writing
Research-Based Components

Systematic, Explicit Instruction

Every Simplify Writing® unit focuses on one targeted skill, breaking down the writing process into manageable pieces for clarity. Teachers use direct instruction to model each skill and provide opportunities for students to immediately apply it in their own writing.


Graphic Organizers

Consistent graphic organizers are used for each part of the writing process from Kindergarten to 8th grade, providing a framework for students to map ideas and organize their thoughts. 


Integration with Reading

Students will interact with high-quality mentor texts and reference texts throughout each unit. Authentic writing tasks also allow students to apply and extend their comprehension skills in writing. Finally, students will use and apply phonics skills for encoding, connecting the tasks of reading and writing. 


Modeling & Exemplar Usages

Teacher models are the cornerstone of every Simplify Writing® unit, with guidance that shows teachers exactly how to use the mentor texts provided to model skills for students. Student exemplars are also provided for every genre to show authentic writing at a range of levels. 


Consistent & Timely Feedback

The Simplify Writing® curriculum uses quick check-ins, peer feedback, small groups, and 1-on-1 conferring to ensure all students have the support they need to grow as writers. 

THE CALIFORNIA TEACHER EXPERIENCE

"Students are engaged..."

For the 1st time in my 25 years of teaching I have a scope and sequence for my writing instruction. There is SO MUCH SUPPORT and a perfect amount of scaffolding. Students are engaged and the work is concise and practical. The student anchor charts/notes are well done and students refer back to them daily when they are writing. THANK YOU TEAM SIMPLIFY WRITING! I feel like an organized, thoughtful and efficient writing teacher with your support and hard work. 

Danita M.

Claremont, CA

THE CALIFORNIA TEACHER EXPERIENCE

"This program has been a lifesaver!"

I have really enjoyed using Simplify Writing. A colleague with whom I worked with last year presented it to me. I found the lessons easy to follow, clean and simple, and the kids and I enjoyed the structure. It had everything I needed. I especially loved the fact that I didn't spend hours trying to find or create the curriculum. This program has been a lifesaver. I since have moved from Middle to elementary school and spoke to my principal about this program. She purchased it for EVERYONE to use. I'm thrilled!

Romina I.

Morgan Hill, CA

California Classrooms

Use Simplify Writing®

Request a Quote

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can We Help?


LEGAL

Program Terms

Privacy Policy

Website Terms of Use

CURRENT MEMBERS

FAQ & Support

Contact Us

WORK WITH US

District & School Licenses

Book Study

Equity Statement