Weekly Writer is an online, cloud-based curriculum resource that focuses on proper writing instruction and critical thinking skills. Its goal is to empower students to ask great questions, getting them thinking inside and outside of the box. Each month, grade levels kindergarden through eighth (K-8) receive four writing lessons, each including the five below elements:
The Main Writing Lesson- In this element each lesson covers one of the Four Modes of Writing. Each lesson is also accompanied by video modeling the writing process by Virtual Village Classroom founder, Darren J. Butler.
Conventions- This element focuses on the mechanics of writing such as grammar, editing and revision.
RIP & Write- Originally known as the read, interpret, predict and write strategy, this element connects reading comprehension to writing.
Application- Skills learned by students throughout the week are applied within this element.
Assessment- This element is designed to assess students through traditional and project-based observation.
All lessons provided in this publication work well for whole and small groups as well as personalized learning and individualized instruction platforms- traditional or flipped in classroom setting. Although aligned with Common Core Standards, all educators, no matter their preferences, can benefit from this program. Another benefit of Weekly Writer is its reach across the curriculum. All writing lessons are infused into all subjects e.g. math, science and history. And the publication is easily navigated through for all educators, no matter their technical skill level.
Educators who subscribe to Weekly Writer gain access to a plethora of beneficial materials.The first of which being the ability to connect your classroom with a virtual author in residence. With this feature, students connect with Butler as he breaks down the proper process of writing for all genres. Access to Novel in Progress sessions will also be available, giving students the ability to witness an actual novel being written and published, chapter by chapter.
Another large benefit of subscribing to Weekly Writer is the easy accessed tangibles and writing workbook. Many pages throughout the publication can be downloaded from any device and printed for each students. Once pages are completed, students can use the workbook as a writing portfolio. This writing portfolio can then be used as a growth tracker for the student, their next teacher and/or their parent(s).