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1 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING What is Step Up to Writing? Step Up To Writing is a collection of classroom-proven, multi-sensory strategies for information/expository writing. Step Up To Writing is a collection of classroom-proven, multi-sensory strategies for information/expository writing. STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING

2 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING What Does Step Up To Writing Do? What Does Step Up To Writing Do? 1. guides students to write clear, concise, organized papers. 2. teaches students to write great topic sentences and thesis statements and to connect ideas using transitions. 3. helps students establish a sense of order and control over the information in a paper. 4. requires students to support topics, to give examples and explanations, and to write a conclusion that stays on topic. 5. Gives students guidance, support, and direction for becoming successful writers. STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING

3 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Who is Who is Step Up for Writing for? Step Up for Writing for? - General education in grades K – 12 - Special education in grades K English Language Learner programs - Gifted &Talented programs STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING

4 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Step Up to Writing Is about: Direct, Explicit Instruction Guided Practice Opportunities for Independent Practice STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING

5 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Step Up to Writing Is about: Tools Multisensory Color Word Lists Informal Outlines Examples Small Steps STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING

6 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Step Up to Writing Is about: the Writing Process Prewriting and Planning Drafting, Revising, and Editing Creating a Final Copy, Proofreading, and Sharing STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING

7 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Step Up to Writing Is about: Promoting the Traits of Good Writing Content Organization Style Vocabulary Sentence Structure Conventions

8 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Write a topic sentence. Go! Give a reason, detail, or fact. Use a transition. Give a reason, detail, or fact. Use a transition. Slow Down ! Explain. Give an example. Stop! Remind the reader of your topic. Remind the reader of your topic. Go Back! STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING

9 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Using Colors to Teach Organization Topic Sentence: Green means “go;” it asks the writer to decide: “What am I going to prove?” “What am I going to explain?” “What information will I share?” Reasons/Details/Facts: Yellow means “slow down.” –Introduce key concepts to support the topic sentence. Explain: Red means “stop and explain.” Present evidence. Provide explanation and examples. Conclusion: Green means “go back to your topic.” Restate the topic and the position. Do not introduce new information. Use synonyms and leave your reader with something to remember. STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING

10 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING After Christopher Columbus’s voyages to the New World, many Spaniards came to this continent to explore. One Spanish explorer was Ponce de Leon. He traveled through present-day Florida to find the Fountain of Youth. A second explorer, Coronado, searched for the Seven Cities of Gold. He and his men traveled for three years. They did not find the cities of gold, but they did find the villages of the Pueblo who lived in the Southwest. They also saw the Grand Canyon. A third explorer was Hernando de Soto. De Soto traveled through Florida and then traveled west as far as the Mississippi River. He and his men were the first people from Spain to explore the Mississippi. These three men were only a few of the many people who explored the New World. 2-3 (2.2) Spanish Explorers

11 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Narratives and Creative Writing 6.2

12 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Quick Sketch Stories Step 1 Title Step 2 Quick Sketch Step 3 Quick Notes Step 4 Get the Story Rolling Step 5 Story Transitions Step 6 Smooth Stop Step 7 Revise, Edit, Proofread

13 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Planning a Short Story Step 1 Title ______________________________________ Step 2 Quick sketch your plan for your story Step 3 Jot ideas, descriptions, and plans for your story __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ 6-4–6.5 (6.7)

14 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Step 4 Get the Story Rolling Provide a “where” “Near the park” Provide a” when” “Last summer” Provide an action verbProvide an action verb Introduce a characterIntroduce a character Interesting commentInteresting comment DialogueDialogue Other ways:

15 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Step 5 Story Transitions Move the Story Along The next day At dusk When we arrived After we walked a mile In between times In the afternoon Some time later Immediately Hours went by 6-6–6-7 (6-13)

16 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Step 6 Come to a Smooth Stop “Feel a feeling” ending“Feel a feeling” ending Don’t write “THE END.” Instead, finish with a strong sentence that will help your reader. “Remember a character” ending“Remember a character” ending “Get your point” ending“Get your point” ending “Think about the story” ending“Think about the story” ending

17 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING The Story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears Once upon a time there were three bears, Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear, who lived in a house in the woods. Each morning Mama Bear would make wonderful porridge. Papa Bear had a big bowl of porridge. Mama Bear had a medium-sized bowl. Baby Bear had a little bowl for his porridge. One morning Mama said the porridge was too hot to eat, so the bears decided to go for a walk and let the porridge cool off. While they were gone, a little girl by the name of Goldilocks came to the house. She knocked on the door and looked in the window, but no one was home. She tried the door and it opened. She went in and she saw the bowls of porridge on the table. Goldilocks was hungry, so she tasted the porridge in the big bowl. It was too hot. She tried the medium-sized bowl of porridge, and it was too cold. The porridge in the little bowl was just right, so she ate it all up. 6-8 (6.15) Each morning One morning While they

18 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Lessons and Tutorials Go to Select “Educational Links” Select “ Academic Skills” Select “All Grades Writing Instruction.”

19 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING Online practice Go to Select “Educational Links” Select “ Writing” Select “Step Up to Writing”

20 STEPSTEP UPUP TOTO WRITINGWRITING By Maureen E. Auman


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