EQuIP is an initiative of Achieve (http://www.achieve.org/)
· Build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.
· Increase the supply of high-quality lessons and units aligned to the CSSS that are available to elementary, middle and high school teachers as soon as possible.
“Achieve is grateful for WriteSteps’ contributions and recognize they will help increase the supply of high-quality lessons and units aligned to the CCSS,” said Alissa Peltzman, Vice President for State Policy & Implementation Support. “We believe that educators across the country will benefit from access to these materials.”
WriteSteps is an evidence-based, award-winning, digital and print, K-5 Common Core writing and grammar program that covers narrative, informative/
Below are some comments from the EQuIP Review Panel specific to the third grade WriteSteps Opinion Writing lessons submitted:
1. It is obvious that the developer loves teaching writing and the value of writing to post-secondary success. The embrace of opinion writing is also supportive of the spirit of the writing strand.
2. The lesson incorporates a variety of text types and leads students to an authentic writing task of a persuasive letter. The topic of cafeteria food would be a familiar starting point for third grade students as they receive instruction in the area of letter writing.
3. Writing from Sources: The students write their own persuasive essays, using the two text sources, which do provide a balance of informational and literary texts. Students plan for the use of evidence by highlighting potential sources of fact/evidence. The use of Elliott's essay, and the specific study of its construction and features, will really help students to see what is wanted in their own essays.
4. The designer has created a unit of study that demonstrates quality and rigor in nearly all aspects of its dimensions.
Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Created in 1996 by a bipartisan group of governors and business leaders, Achieve is leading the effort to make college and career readiness a priority across the country so that students graduating from high school are academically prepared for postsecondary success.
In 2007, WriteSteps Founder and CEO Suzanne Klein committed herself to creating teacher-friendly writing lessons after her school decided to prioritize writing due to low student outcomes. The writing program she developed - WriteSteps - was so successful in raising test scores and student confidence that the company expanded its scope to refocus instruction on the Common Core State Standards for writing and grammar. Its Common Core release won a "Best of Entrepreneurs"