Writing A-Z complete writing program
LESSONS

Our writing lessons are divided into two categories: Emerging Writer and Genres. The lessons for the emerging writer are divided into six stages, which directly correspond to the skills and abilities of kindergarten students, or those students experimenting with the overall function and structure of language. Each of the five main writing genres is divided into several text type units at four developmental levels, which correspond to the skills and abilities of students typically in grades one through six.

Most of the materials that accompany the lessons can also be found under the Tools tab. Use a Writing Process Guide for each text type as a model of the writing process or as a review lesson. Use the ELL Guide (NEW!) for specific tips and guidelines across all text types to meet the needs of every level of ELL student.

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EMERGING WRITER

STAGES levels of writing that correspond to the needs of kindergarten-level students, or those experimenting with letters, sounds, words, and overall function and structure of language
GENRES
DESCRIPTION
EXPOSITORY a genre of writing that informs, describes, or explains with text types such as: autobiography, biography, descriptive, essay, experiment, informational report, and media article 
NARRATIVE a genre of writing that entertains or tells a story with text types such as: adventure, fairy tale, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, personal narrative, realistic fiction, and science fiction
PERSUASIVE a genre of writing that attempts to convince readers to embrace a particular point of view with text types such as: advertisement, editorial, persuasive essay, political cartoon, pro/con, and review
PROCEDURAL a genre of writing that explains the instructions or directions for completing a task with text types such as: experiment, how to, and recipe
TRANSACTIONAL a genre of writing that serves as a communication of ideas and information between individuals with text types such as: business letter, friendly email, friendly letter, interview, invitation, postcard, speeches, and weblog entry