With current demands on teachers, Write Bright no longer requires training. Each lesson has two options: teacher taught or writing coach instruction via video. The video option available with each lesson allows teachers to learn the process along with the students. The video lessons do not replace the teacher. Teachers simply use the video as a tool as they guide the students through a writing piece. Write Bright curriculum contains lessons that are designed to be taught exactly the same way every time to provide a strong framework for students.
Where do I start? Begin by watching the site tour from the home page. From the home page, print the "Startup Checklist."
Videos will not play? Try different browsers to see what works best for your system (Mozilla, Firefox, Safari, Chrome). For Internet Explorer choose "Tools" "Compatibility View" must be checked. Go to "Compatibility View Settings", add website writebrightstation.com, and check display all websites in C.V. For Firefox users: Go to "tools", "add ons", "Plugins", and make certain java and windows presentation is enabled.
Video Fast-forward: There is a strip along the bottom of the video. Once this strip is loaded it will turn a gray. To fast-forward or rewind simply drag the bar at the bottom of the video. Some browsers (Explorer) do not support full functions. Use Firefox, Mozilla, or Chrome for optimal functions.
Source Writing: Explanatory, Persuasive, and Narrative responses may be taught in any order and may be alternated. Explanatory & Persuasive are similar in structure.
Prompt Writing: All grades, start with the video lessons. 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th grade teachers: Teaching scripts for basic prompt lessons are available under training lessons. When ready to teach without the use of a video, simply print the script template which all lessons can be plugged into. 6th grade uses the bonus lessons. 1st and 2nd grade teachers: Scripts for basic prompt lessons can be found with your lessons. Your explanatory script changes with each nine weeks as the lessons become more detailed. The narrative script is also with the lesson. Choose one type of writing and spend several months on this type until it is internalized by students. Then, switch to the next type of writing. When you do this, make sure the timed writing is the type they have already learned or students may easily forget. Once students have learned both types, begin alternating between the types of writings.
Student video description: Topic (teaches students when to choose 1 topic vs using the prompt as the topic) Fluffy Flowery (teaches descriptive language/word choice) Sound Smart (using intellectual ideas) Richest Kid (teaches students to think outside the box) The Big Day Talk (pep talk for state assessment) Cake (teaches the dangers of overusing words or ideas) Raising Your Score (expository ideas for elaboration) Narrative & Expository introduction High Score (teaches students to move away from the traditional format allowing for orginiality/only use with upper scoring students)