Writing helps develop reading skills; and reading helps develop writing
skills. In fact, research shows that reading and writing develop hand in
hand. Reading A-Z offers specific activities for responses to
reading and poetry writing lessons to help students apply, synthesize,
and evaluate text and develop traits of good writing.
Numerous Reading A-Z products feature opportunities for writing. Here are a few examples.
Common Core Supplements, Close Reading Packs, and Paired Book Lessons require students to find evidence from multiple places within a text or from multiple texts to write an answer to a Key Question. The resource sets include graphic organizers as well.
Reading A–Z books offer excellent models of how to put ideas together to explain or persuade with one’s writing. For example, the book To Drill or Not to Drill?
provides students a model for pro/con writing. This book gives readers information on both sides of a heated debate: whether or not to drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The book includes a history of American oil along with reasons to drill in ANWR, reasons not to drill, and the science and law behind it all.
Writing models exist for younger students as well. How to Make Ice Cream provides students with a model for a how–to book. Students can also follow the list of ingredients and
the five easy steps to make their own ice cream.
Wordless Books for titles from levels aa-J provide writing practice for even the youngest readers.
Writing A-Z provides hundreds of leveled, downloadable writing resources including
core lessons and mini-lessons that allow you to target specific writing skills. Teach process writing on four developmental levels within the
genres of expository, narrative, persuasive, procedural, and transactional writing.
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