Empowering Writers 2020 Catalogue

Getting Ready to Write for Kindergarten with Reading, Writing & Art Connections

Narrative Writing Guide

Everything You Need to Empower Student Writers

• Personal Experience • Character/Problem/Solution • Narrative Essay • Literary Analysis Tasks • Response to Text

by Dea Paoletta Auray, Barbara Mariconda & Kathy Howell

FIRST EDITION ©2019

• Grade K-8 Comprehensive Resources - Digital Materials and Printed Guides • Professional Development - Onsite and Virtual Workshops

by Dea Paoletta Auray & Kathy Howell Informational/Expository & Opinion Writing Deconstructing Text, Writing Essays, Reports, Response to Text

Editing, Revising, and More

Updated & Expanded Edition by Barbara Mariconda with Cynthia Williamson Original work by Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

Comprehensive Argumentative Writing Guide

Updated & Expanded Edition based on the original work of Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

A Sentence A Day Primary Grades • ELL • Resource Room by Barbara Mariconda

A fun way to learn sentence structure, the conventions of story, and vivid vocabulary — in ten minutes a day!

by Barbara Mariconda & Dea Paoletta Auray with Cynthia Williamson

Trim: 8.5" x 11" • 3 Color: Black & PMS 123 & PMS 186

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Practical Writing Instruction that Improves Reading Comprehension

Dear Colleague:

There is a proven link between solid writing skills, higher levels of reading comprehension, and literacy as a whole. For the past 23 years, Empowering Writers has provided instructional resources to teachers, schools, and districts to help develop and refine writing proficiency in students of all ages. Empowering Writers’ proven research-based methodology provides teachers with the background knowledge, specific skills, instructional strategies, and the confidence necessary to dramatically improve writing instruction and reading comprehension. Our interactive workshops, online resources, teacher manuals, and other instructional materials for K-8 educators not only provide a positive and lasting impact in the classroom but on high stakes standardized tests as well. On the following pages, you will find an overview of our K-8 resources – both printed and digital options. Our interactive online resource, the Hub, serves as an invaluable instructional platform for teaching in the classroom and is ideal for distance learning as well. For information on the Hub, see pages 9-11. If you are also looking for professional development, we have outlined various training and coaching options on pages 11-14. Contact us for more information about Empowering Writers’ materials and training packages or visit our website at www.empoweringwriters.com.

Sincerely,

Dea Paoletta Auray CEO/Co-founder

SEE HOW OUR RESOURCES ALIGN TO STATE STANDARDS: Standards Alignments

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Comparison of Printed vs. Digital Resources

Features

Print Resources

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Proven Methodology Teacher Background Objective Driven Lesson Plans Student Reproducible/ Projectable Pages Spanish Student Pages Student Exemplars Pacing Guides Rubrics Digital “Flipbook” Teacher Background Video Modeled Classroom Lesson Lessons on the Move Skill Power! Power Points Skill Power! Plus Audio Text Passages Plus - Narrated Text for Annotation Virtual Field Trips Animated Lessons Distance Learning Lessons Ability to Update in Real Time

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K-1 Resources

Getting Ready to Write for Kindergarten with Reading, Writing & Art Connections

Getting Ready to Write These guides are jam-packed with lessons to integrate narrative, informational, and opinion writing throughout your curriculum. Students will learn to recognize genre and author’s purpose, articulate ideas that will be expressed in writing (oral language precedes written), and engage in grade-specific lessons. Foundational concepts are built through a wide variety of lessons including: • Genre and author’s purpose • Summarizing • Expressing opinions • Responding to text

Getting Ready to Write for Grade 1 with Reading, Writing & Art Connections

by Dea Paoletta Auray, Barbara Mariconda & Kathy Howell

FIRST EDITION ©2019

by Dea Paoletta Auray, Barbara Mariconda & Kathy Howell

FIRST EDITION ©2019

– fiction and non-fiction • Powerful vocabulary building • Research opportunities

• Drawing and labeling • Informational writing • Narrative Writing

The final section of the resource includes a series of reading/writing and art connections to make the reading-writing connection come alive in the classroom. English and Spanish versions of all student pages are accessible digitally for print and projection via a link provided in the resource.

Print and

versions available.

Kindergarten Preview Grade 1 Preview K-1 Activity Cards This supplemental product is for use with our Getting Ready to Write guides. All of the reproducible activities from the book are now ready-made for you, on brightly colored sturdy cards, eliminating the need for photocopying. This bright, cheerful, color- coded set of over 100 cards is the perfect convenient complement to Getting Ready to Write. Available in English and Spanish.

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Narrative Writing Guides for Grades 2-8

Narrative Writing Guide

These grade-level specific guides include all of the foundational narrative writing skills and provides everything you need to be successful at teaching narrative, personal experience and response to text writing. • Detailed lesson plans on how to teach specific Narrative skills: - Organization - Suspense - Great Beginnings - Fully Elaborated Main Events - Elaborative Detail - Satisfying Endings • Introduction and Application of Literary Elements: Character/Point of View, Conflict, Motivation, Setting, Theme, Plot • Reproducible Student Activities • Revision Exercises

• Personal Experience • Character/Problem/Solution • Narrative Essay • Literary Analysis Tasks • Response to Text

Grade 3

Narrative Writing Guide

• Personal Experience • Character/Problem/Solution • Narrative Essay • Literary Analysis Tasks • Response to Text

by Dea Paoletta Auray & Kathy Howell

Grade 4

Narrative Writing Guide

• Personal Experience • Character/Problem/Solution • Narrative Essay • Literary Analysis Tasks • Response to Text

by Diane Lazar & Dea Paoletta Auray

Grade 5

Narrative Writing Guide

• Personal Experience • Character/Problem/Solution • Narrative Essay • Literary Analysis Tasks • Response to Text

• Modeled Samples/Exemplars • Prompts and Process Writing • Authentic Writing Tasks

by Dea Paoletta Auray, Diane Lazar & Barbara Mariconda

Grade 6

Narrative Writing Guide

• Respond, in writing, to narrative stories in order to demonstrate deep comprehension through a variety of literary analysis tasks (LAT) Student pages are accessible for print and projection through a digital link provided in the guide. Spanish student pages available for Grades 2-5.

• Personal Experience • Character/Problem/Solution • Narrative Essay • Literary Analysis Tasks • Response to Text

by Cynthia Williamson & Dea Paoletta Auray

Grades 7-8

Narrative Writing Guide

by Cynthia Williamson & Dea Paoletta Auray

• Personal Experience • Character/Problem/Solution • Narrative Essay • Literary Analysis Tasks • Narrative Extension Tasks

Print and

versions available.

Grade 4 Narrative Guide Preview

by Cynthia Williamson, Dea Paoletta Auray, & Diane Lazar

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Informational/Expository Writing Guides for Grades 2-8 These guides include all foundational informational/expository and opinion writing skills, strategies, lesson plans, reproducible/ projectable student pages, sample texts and exemplars necessary for effective informational/expository, opinion, and response to text writing.

Grade 2

Informational/Expository & Opinion Writing Deconstructing Text, Writing Essays, Reports, Response to Text

A strong reading-writing connection is established throughout, and offers multiple opportunities for deconstructing, analyzing and annotating texts in order to prepare students to write in response to them. All foundational informational/expository writing skills are applied to not only essays and reports, but become the backbone for the more challenging response to text tasks. Also includes research skills, note-taking, and how to cite textual evidence without plagiarizing. Student pages are downloadable for print and projection, and accessible through a digital link provided in the guide. Spanish student pages available for Grades 2-5.

Grade 3

Informational/Expository & Opinion Writing Deconstructing Text, Writing Essays, Reports, Response to Text

Updated & Expanded Edition by Barbara Mariconda Original work by Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

Updated & Expanded Edition by Barbara Mariconda with Cynthia Williamson Original work by Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

Grade 4

Informational/Expository & Opinion Writing Deconstructing Text, Writing Essays, Reports, Response to Text

versions available.

Print and

Grade 4 Informational Guide Preview

Grade 6

Grade 8

Updated & Expanded Edition by Barbara Mariconda with Cynthia Williamson Original work by Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

Informational/Expository & Opinion Writing Deconstructing Text, Writing Essays, Reports, Response to Text

Informational/Expository & Opinion Writing Deconstructing Text, Writing Essays, Reports, Response to Text

Grade 5

Informational/Expository & Opinion Writing Deconstructing Text, Writing Essays, Reports, Response to Text

Grade 7

Informational/Expository & Opinion Writing Deconstructing Text, Writing Essays, Reports, Response to Text

Updated & Expanded Edition by Cynthia Williamson with Barbara Mariconda Original work by Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

Updated & Expanded Edition by Cynthia Williamson with Barbara Mariconda Original work by Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

Updated & Expanded Edition by Barbara Mariconda Original work by Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

Updated & Expanded Edition by Cynthia Williamson with Barbara Mariconda Original work by Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

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Argumentative Writing

The Comprehensive Argumentative Writing Guide This invaluable resource for middle school teachers covers all of the latest standards . It includes comprehensive lesson plans and reproducible student activities in the following skill areas: • The organization and purpose of argumentative writing • Examining and identifying various sides of an issue – choosing a claim • Stating your claim clearly • Acknowledging, affirming, and countering a different point of view • Using voice, word choice and style appropriate to genre • Generating relevant reasons, credible facts and convincing evidence • Writing effective, powerful introductions and conclusions Student pages are accessible digitally for print and projection via a link provided in the guide. (English Only) Trim: 8.5" x 11" • 3 Color: Black & PMS 123 & PMS 186 by Barbara Mariconda & Dea Paoletta Auray with Cynthia Williamson Comprehensive Argumentative Writing Guide

Print and

versions available.

Argumentative Writing Guide Preview

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Editing & Revising Resources

Editing, Revising, & More Available for grades 3, 4, and 7

Editing, Revising, and More Teacher’s Manual for Grade 3

Editing, Revising, and More Teacher’s Manual for Grade 4

Take the mystery out of grammar, mechanics, editing and revising. Lessons are designed to specifically cover all 21st Century readiness and supporting standards. Each set includes a comprehensive teacher’s manual and 25 student books. These resources include: • Lesson plans for: – Subject/Verb Agreement – Parts of Speech – Word Usage – Sentence Structure – Transitional Words and Phrases – Revising Run-on Sentences

Updated & Expanded Edition based on the original work of Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

Editing, Revising, and More Teacher’s Manual for Grade 7 A teacher-friendly resource that is so much more than just “skill and drill,” providing everything you need for success in one book.

Updated & Expanded Edition based on the original work of Barbara Mariconda and Dea Paoletta Auray

by Wendy Musk

– Literal vs. Figurative Language – Words with Multiple Meanings – Formal vs. Informal Voice – Using Glossaries, Dictionaries, and Thesauruses

Editing & Revising Activity Cards This supplemental aid will make implementing activities in the Editing, Revising and More Teacher’s Manuals for Grades 3 & 4 even easier. The robust package contains 260 cards designed to take the work out of the many extended activities that are suggested throughout the teacher’s manuals. Activity directions and cards include common and proper nouns, helping/linking verbs, plural rules, tricky words, comparative and superlative to name a few.

• Games and activities to make learning fun • Accompanying link to mini-assessments for use throughout the year • Test-taking strategies

Grades 3 & 4: Print and

available

Grade 7: Print only

Grade 3 Teacher’s Manual Preview

Grade 4 Teacher's Manual Preview

Grade 7 Teacher’s Manual Preview

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Printed Supplemental Resources

A Sentence A Day: Primary Grades / ELL / Resource Room Primary grade students are expected to begin to craft simple stories. But for many, writing even a single complete sentence is challenging. What is a sentence? How are sentences constructed?

In an engaging, fast-paced ten minutes a day, students learn how sentences are constructed, recognize the parts of simple sentences, while reinforcing the basic characteristics of story. Included in this resource: a week-at-a-glance, day-by-day teacher guide, sentence- building word cards for each week, and related coloring pages to inspire thematic thinking. There are enough weekly themes for 38 weeks of school.

A Sentence A Day Primary Grades • ELL • Resource Room by Barbara Mariconda

A fun way to learn sentence structure, the conventions of story, and vivid vocabulary — in ten minutes a day!

A Sentence A Day (Original Edition) Preview

A Sentence A Day for Grade 2 This new edition of A Sentence A Day has the same format as our original version but is grade-specific for Grade 2. (Also available in Spanish.) The original resource contains only examples of narrative stories. The Grade 2 version also includes informational/ expository texts, and some opinion texts, thus helping students recognize genre. In addition, after a brief review, this resource picks up where the previous left off, includes more challenging vocabulary, and more directly teaches parts of speech and grammar skills.

A Sentence A Day for Grade 2 • ELL • Resource Room A fun way to learn sentence structure, genre, & vivid vocabulary - in ten minutes a day! by Barbara Mariconda

A Sentence A Day for Grade 2 Preview

Spanish Grade 2 Preview

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HUB Digital Resources A POWERFUL TOOL FOR DISTANCE LEARNING!

The HUB takes you beyond the print guides and continues professional development, digital teaching tools, how-to demonstration videos and direct to student content all in one convenient place! Now everything needed to polish teaching skills and meet the growing demand for writing and reading proficiency is at your finger-tips.

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10 *New! Plus Versions provide the same great content with narration.

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Click here to sign-up for a FREE Hub trial.

Hub subscriptions available for: • K-1 Getting Ready to Write • Narrative Writing: Grades 2-8 • Informational/Expository Writing: Grades 2-8

• Argumentative Writing • Editing and Revising: Grades 3 and 4 • Customized Guides

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Digital Poster Sets Our digital poster sets serve as student-friendly reminders of writing skills taught. Use these in the traditional classroom, and with blended or virtual instruction as well. The posters can be enlarged and displayed in your classroom, or have students download and print them as handy reference sheets. K-1 Writing Available in English and Spanish Graphic Organizers Available in English and Spanish

K-1 foundational skill s of narrative, informational, and opinion writing.

Graphic organizers and summarizing frameworks for narrative, informational , and opinion writing.

Golden Bricks Sentence Starters Available in English and Spanish Designed for use in integrating quotes, statistics, amazing facts, anecdotes and descriptive segments into student writing.

Informational Skill Builders Available in English Only Key skill areas of informational/expository writing.

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Professional Development

Workshops Empowering Writers takes a unique approach to live event writing instruction, emphasizing the connection between good writing skills and literacy achievement as a whole. We design our full-day interactive workshops to maximize engagement and deliver valuable, pragmatic takeaways you can’t find anywhere else. Our knowledgeable presenters are both former and current classroom teachers who will make the most of your time – and leave you confident and excited to apply what you’ve learned in your own classroom right away. Our workshops can be presented virtually or in-person. We can work with your school or district to best meet your training needs.

K-1 Getting Ready to Write Workshop Finally, kindergarten and first grade educators have a workshop that delivers age-appropriate, direct instruction on how to teach writing to our youngest students. In this training you will: • Analyze the developmental stages of writing • Create the reading-writing connection across content areas • Use literature and informational texts as a jumping off point for instruction • Identify genre and author’s purpose • Apply the salient skills of narrative, informational, & opinion writing • Teach age-appropriate summarization skills • Create vivid elaboration

• Inspire rich vocabulary development • Apply age-appropriate research skills

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Strategic Reading & Productive Feedback Through Narrative Skills In this comprehensive workshop, geared for educators in grades 2 - 8, you will learn the necessary instructional tools to support deeper literary analysis and comprehension, confidently teach narrative writing and be empowered to provide specific actionable feedback when assessing student work. You will see the clear connection between understanding foundational writing skills to effectively responding to text. Reading with Author’s Eyes for Deeper Understanding: • Instructional Methodology • Genre and Organization • Annotation and Analysis • Narrative Skills - Entertaining Beginnings

Informational/Expository Skills - Strategic Reading & Productive Feedback In this comprehensive workshop, geared for educators in grades 2 - 8, you will learn the necessary instructional tools to support text analysis and comprehension, confidently teach informational and opinion writing and be empowered to provide specific actionable feedback when assessing student work. You will see the clear connection between understanding foundational writing skills to effectively responding to text. Reading with Author’s Eyes for Deeper Understanding:

• Instructional Methodology • Genre and Organization • Annotation and Analysis • Informational Skills - Introduce Foundational Skills: • Broad Yet Distinct Main Ideas • Detail Generating Questions • Word Referents • Research • Introductions and Conclusions • Authentic Writing Tasks and Rubrics Recorded Bonus: Applying Text Analysis to Constructed Response (available for virtual attendees only)

Foundational Skills: • Elaborative Detail • What do Feelings Look Like? • Suspense • Main Event • Extended Endings • Process Writing and Rubrics

Recorded Bonus: Applying Text Analysis to Constructed Response (available for virtual attendees only)

Editing & Revising Workshop Empowering Writers will provide the “how” for delivering direct instruction in revising and editing. Take the mystery out of grammar, mechanics, and spelling by attending this action-packed training. Come away with so much more than just “skill and drill!” This workshop is geared for any teacher responsible for teaching editing and revising with a focus on grades 3 & 4. (Grade 7 teachers are welcome but skill coverage is limited.) Participants will: • Understand the parts of speech and how they are truly the building blocks of language! • Learn effective strategies for revising run-on sentences, eliminating redundant ideas, and using transition words and phrases! • Explore hands-on-activities designed to make learning grammar fun! • Apply editing (grammar) and revising skills to composition writing in ways that make it come to life! • Take away powerful test-taking strategies that produce savvy test-takers! • Simplify spelling to guarantee student SUCCESS! • Learn how to plan and pace instruction across the school year. 14

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Coaching

Empowering Writers will partner with your district to provide a customized professional development plan that can include any of the following: Alignment of Curriculum Documents: Through a collaborative effort of your district’s literacy team and EW, the language and instruction of EW will be layered into the existing curriculum documents. This will provide a road map that ensures pacing and alignment of expectations between EW coaches, school administrators and support staff, and all teachers. It has been the experience at EW that this consistency in language and practice, along with a well- defined road map, ensures the most success for teachers. Modeled Lessons: The EW coach will plan and execute requested modeled lessons in designated classrooms. The coach will discuss the lesson prior to delivering it, teach the lesson with the professional staff observing, debrief from the lesson, answer questions, and create an action plan for next steps. Observation/Feedback: Each participating teacher will schedule with the EW coach to observe a modeled lesson in their classroom. The lesson will be shared with the coach prior to the visit with pre-conferencing by phone available. A debriefing session will take place following the lesson. Student Samples: The EW coach along with classroom teachers and support staff would come together to evaluate student work. Each teacher would be responsible for bringing evidence of the lessons taught in the form of student samples. These samples would be analyzed using the EW rubrics. The discussion will center on improvement of student work by giving specific feedback both orally and in writing in relationship to the skills taught. Action steps for future teaching would be created at this time. Test Prep: The EW Coach will guide teachers in preparing for a timed assessment. The coach will discuss reading and understanding a prompt, making quick decisions during the prewriting/ planning phase, and having time management strategies in place that will help maximize what students are able to produce in a given amount of time. Implementation Support: Campus instructional coaches and administrators are a vital part of coaching cycles with ongoing conversations and routine classroom visits to support progress. The EW Coach will provide resources and meet with the district’s instructional support team to develop strong accountability that ensures that the Empowered Classrooms are consistently using EW language during class discussions, have instructional posters accessible during lessons, and are displaying student work highlighting learned skills.

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Webinars

One way to keep implementation on track and assure successful results is to meet with an Empowering Writers' master trainer at points during the school year. We offer brisk, 45-minute online sessions. Our webinars provide an easy way for teachers to: • Inform their instruction and answer their questions • Assess their students' work with our trainer • Review aspects of instruction • Get ready for state assessments We recommend three webinars during the school year with an EW Master Trainer which include: • Kick-off session to introduce EW to the team and prepare teachers for the first 6-8 weeks of instruction • Check-in session for Q&A with grade levels to maintain accountability and keep implementation on track • Assessment prep session to focus instruction on pertinent writing skills and test- taking strategies

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Contact Us

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