Why Units of Study in Writing?

The Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing is research-based, state-of-the-art, personalized writing curriculum based on the Common Core Standards in Writing. Verona Area School District has adopted this curriculum based on the following:

  • Writing practices and techniques have been tested in thousands of classrooms across the country and around the world for over 35 years.
  • High-level thinking is fostered with effective instructional practices.
  • Learners’ goals are personalized and feedback is ongoing.
  • Expectations for all learners are high but attainable.
  • Continuity is created across types of writing within a grade and across grades.
  • Focus is on teaching the writer and supporting greater independence.
  • Performance assessments and learner-friendly checklists are included.

“One of the most potent ways to accelerate students’ progress as learners
is by equipping them with first-rate skills in writing.”

- Calkins

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