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Program Components


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CraftPlus Program Components

K-8 Teacher Packs

This core instructional tool provides a differentiated curriculum, a copy of the grade-level Daily Writing Lessons, and integrated print resources. Each grade-level teacher receives a Teacher Pack ($199/e), which includes:

Daily Writing Lessons

A year’s worth of daily, 30- to 45-minute, desk-level writing workshop lessons. The lessons, which use literature, teacher and student models, cover organizational and composing writing Target Skills and embed practice in grade-level grammar, usage, and mechanics.

  • Weekly, formative assessments and unit-end summative assessments are included. Each copy includes Target Skills’ expectations.
  • Curriculum Guide: For easy differentiation, the curriculum is organized by student writing-competency levels: Emerging, Developing, Fluent, and FluentPlus. Tools and forms for planning, teaching, and assessing instruction are included.
  • Integrated Professional Resources: To support teachers and use in professional learning communities, at least two professional resources are integrated into (and referenced within) the program.

Grade-Level Mentor Text Bundles

The lessons in the grade-level Daily Writing Lessons use trade book models that illustrate the Target Skill to be taught on that day. The modeled Target Skills in the CraftPlus program may also be found in well-written fiction and non-fiction titles. Click on the lists below to see the sample models used for each grade. A school may elect to buy a bundle for every teacher, a few bundles, or none at all.

Individual model literature selections can also be purchased through your favorite distributor. Select any of the links below to see the lists of mentor texts per grade.

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Staff Development Package

This optional component helps facilitators and lead teachers implement and manage CraftPlus, as well as guide professional learning communities. The Teacher Pack that you purchase determines which of the three Staff Development Packages you will receive:

Grades K-5 Staff Development Package

Grades 6-8 Staff Development Package

Student Tools

These are two optional resources that add a new dimension to small group, centers, or independent writing work.

Picture-Prompt Photocard Reference Set
CraftPlus Photocard Reference Set imageThis set of 32 double-sided, laminated color photographs can be used for visual models and prompts for K-8. Photos are numbered for easy assessment.

Writing Wheels
CraftPlus Writing Wheels imageEach laminated wheel supports genre instruction within the writing process for either writing comparison, opinion/persuasive, or expository papers (For Grades 4-10).

  • Writing to Explain Wheel

  • Writing to Compare Wheel

  • Writing for Opinion and Persuasion Wheel

Help young writers in grades four and up choose general and genre-specific techniques as they pre-write, organize, draft, and revise. Use with Crafting Opinion and Persuasive Papers, Crafting Expository Papers, Crafting Comparison Papers, or as stand-alone, writing-workshop tools.