How does Write Bright work?
1. Write Bright has both "prompt writing" and "source writing" lessons. Common Core instructors should focus on the "source writing" lessons. Initially, lessons are taught by our writing coach via video. As students are guided through a lesson, the teacher learns the execution processes of the type of writing selected.
2. When comfortable, teachers have the option to teach from the lesson or video. The videos are interactive, requiring active teaching from the teacher as students are guided through a writing piece. Videos provide a co-teaching experience.
3. Assessments are given to diagnose student instructional needs & monitor progress.
4. Word choice, voice, organization, ideas, sentence fluency, and conventions are enhanced through student videos and writing packets.
5. Students continue lessons and the repetitive organizational strategies until the method is internalized. Grammar problems are corrected using students' original writings during individual writing conferences. Teachers use conference folders to keep track of spelling and grammar problems that need additional attention.
6. School achieves to its maximum potential on writing assessments!
Write Bright Best Practices
- Integrate reading and writing instruction as a complementary process
- Frequent practice of writing as a process
- Addressing grammar errors in context to enhance transfer of skills taught
- Teach grammar (editing) within authentic writing, not in isolation (worksheets).
- Hold individual writing conferences to show strengths and weaknesses
- Avoid “telling” students to write, teach them!
- Make time for writing instruction
- Explicit instruction and modeling of writing strategies are essential to a student's writing success.
- Teach the most commonly accepted modes of writing (narrative, explanatory, and persuasive) and the process for each.
- Teach the steps of the writing process: prewrite, draft, revise, edit, and publish.
- Provide opportunities for students to practice on-demand (prompt or source) writing as test preparation after the process is internalized.