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Marcia Freeman’s

CraftPlus K-8 Writing Program

CraftPlus: Curriculum + Daily Writing Lessons

The CraftPlus K-8 Writing Program is correlated to the Common Core State Standards for writing. It supplies the missing middle of writing instruction: explicit skills-based content that informs the writing process and empowers young writers to attain desired rubrics.

he CraftPlus K-8 Writing Program teaches writing process skills, writing craft skills, and conventions using the writing workshop format. It uniquely combines a differentiated and scaffolded K-8 writing curriculum with a year’s worth of modeled, daily writing workshop lessons, assessments, and rubrics for all assessed genres. The spiraling curriculum is organized around organizational and composing writing Target Skills® and grade level-appropriate conventions skills. Writing process stages are incorporated.

Why CraftPlus?

  • A school or district can create a unified writing program for all assessed genres that meet Common Core State Writing Standards.
  • Daily lessons support allows teachers to follow the curriculum effortlessly from day one.
  • Students learn to organize writing in genre-specific formats, create well-crafted drafts, revise to specific Target Skills, and practice conventions authentically.
  • Trade-book, teacher, and student models show pupils how to write like a real author in all assessed genres.
  • Embedded formative and summative assessments allow schools and districts to provide frequent and substantive evidence of student writing progress and skills mastery.
  • Teachers become comfortable with teaching writing Target Skills explicitly and systematically within the writing workshop format.
  • Every grade-level teacher plays a vital role in preparing test-year students for state and national assessments.
  • Clear expectations and instructional consistency benefit everyone.
  • The skills-based approach for informational writing genres supports content-area reading programs, enhancing reading instruction and supporting writing across the curriculum.
  • The CraftPlus approach encourages ongoing professional learning communities, a PD approach supported by major literacy organizations.