What are TenMarks Writing Lessons?
To save you time and help you get the most out of TenMarks Writing, we’ve written daily lesson plans for grades 4–8. Each lesson outlines a plan for teaching students a specific writing concept, strategy, or skill, as well as how to help students use the online Writing Coach. Lessons take approximately 30 minutes to implement, with an emphasis on individual student writing.
What’s in a lesson?
Lessons prioritize engagement, instruction, and differentiation. In most lessons, students spend the majority of their time writing. Each lesson follows the model below:
For seamless integration and implementation, lessons provide:
- Connection to Writing Coach: Support for modeling and guiding students in using Writing Coach as they progress through each step of a writing project.
- Tips from experienced teachers: Notes and suggestions tailored for the focus of the lesson, including in-the-moment differentiation.
- Supporting materials and examples: A variety of materials such as activity sheets, sorting sets, anchor charts, and graphic organizers accompany each lesson plan. Pre-filled samples help with modeling.
Where can I find lessons?
Select the “Teacher Resources” tab.
1. Scroll down to navigate to your preferred genre of Teacher Resources.
2. Click on “View Unit,” which will take you to that specific genre’s page.
3. From here, you can browse individual lessons available for download. You can also click on the quick link to download a single pdf containing all the lessons for a given genre.
How can I use lessons?
TenMarks Writing can work as a standalone writing curriculum or in concert with other instructional programs.
Consider using lessons in the following ways:
- Teach a recommended sequence: Lessons are grouped into sequences of varying length so you can choose a unit that works for your class’ needs. View the Resources Guide associated with each genre to see the suggested sequences.
- Whole class instruction: Lessons are designed to target specific writing strategies and skills.
- Small group instruction: Use data from the online Writing Coach to identify groups of students who need support in a particular area of their writing, then use lessons to remediate.
- Differentiation: Use suggestions from the If/Then table included in each lesson to anticipate and address the individual learning needs of your students.
- Long-term planning: We’ve grouped daily lessons into recommended sequences to help guide students through each phase of the writing process. Choose a sequence based on the needs of your students and the amount of instructional time available.
- Student ownership of learning: Review the student-friendly rubric with students before they begin writing so they know the expectations. Provide them with copies that they can use to help them self evaluate their own writing or peer review classmates’ writing.
- Select individual lessons: Pick and choose the lessons that are right for your whole class or a small group to supplement your existing curriculum.
What is the TenMarks Writing Lessons experience like for students?
Lessons place a heavy emphasis on giving students the opportunity to write. At least half of the instructional time is dedicated to applying the writing strategy taught in the lesson. Through the lessons, in conjunction with Writing Coach, students gain skill and confidence with writing as an iterative process. They learn how to participate in a community of writers, sharing their work with peers and soliciting and providing feedback to one another. Lessons help students reflect on their writing processes and make conscious choices about what they want to improve. In short, students take ownership for their learning as writers.
Sample Annotated Lesson
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