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The Write Structure: A Simple, Effective Method for Teaching Writing Across the Content Areas

Note: This book is by middle school English language arts and social studies teacher Lindsay K. Veitch. Dave Stuart Jr., a grateful friend and colleague of Lindsay's, is acting as the publisher.

Welcome to The Write Structure, a simple, robust strategy for teaching students how to attack a variety of writing prompts -- both those in our classrooms and those on various standardized tests. The Write Structure takes the guesswork out of students' biggest question about writing: How do I write this? Blank paper or an empty text box will no longer signal the chorus of sighs and moans. Anxiety will be lowered. Students will embrace writing prompts because they'll know how to think about writing. In short, The Write Structure is a case study in simplified writing instruction.

What's Included

Part I - Introduction

In this section, Lindsay lays out The Write Structure's genesis and overviews the strategy; she also shares how she rolls it out at the start of the school year. Read that, for free, here.

Part II - The Nine Key Practices

In this section, Lindsay demonstrates the nine keys for using The Write Structure in a manner that will stick with and engage your students. Specifically, she shows you how to:

  • Chapter 1: Model with It
  • Chapter 2: Confer with It
  • Chapter 3: Move with It
  • Chapter 4: Share It
  • Chapter 5: Transfer It
  • Chapter 6: Celebrate It
  • Chapter 7: Score with It
  • Chapter 8: Score It with Students
  • Chapter 9: Repeat It

Part III - Sample Lessons

Finally, Lindsay provides 14 sample lessons to get you started quickly and to demonstrate how The Write Structure can be applied in a variety of situations.

English Language Arts [ELA] Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Argumentative Paragraphs
  • Lesson 2: Author’s Craft
  • Lesson 3: Character Development
  • Lesson 4: Point of View
  • Lesson 5: A Speech
  • Lesson 6: A Summary
  • Lesson 7: Text Comparison
  • Lesson 8: Theme

Content Area (Non-ELA) Lessons

  • Lesson 9: Art
  • Lesson 10: Math
  • Lesson 11: Music
  • Lesson 12: Science
  • Lesson 13: Social Studies
  • Lesson 14: A (Non-ELA) Speech 

Questions & Answers

What if I want copies of this for a large group of teachers?

We do offer bulk pricing. For more information, please contact support@davestuartjr.com.

How do I use The Write Structure method?

On Dave's blog, we have published the introduction to The Write Structure. Click here to read about how Lindsay created and delivers this successful strategy to her middle school students each year.

What grade levels is The Write Structure appropriate for?

While this question's answer largely depends on where your students are as writers, we feel it's best suited for students in grades 4-10.

What if I don't like it?

We have a simple guarantee policy: if you're not happy, email us (support@davestuartjr.com), and we'll give you a refund on the double.

What if it changes the course of my life and my classroom ends up being the focus of a Hollywood teacher movie?

Give Lindsay a line in the credits.

What if I think something should be added?

This e-book offers such an in-depth examination of The Write Structure strategy because Lindsay has tweaked her instruction around this for years, and she's seen the strategy successfully spread into her colleague's classrooms across the content areas. With that said, we realize that we may have had blind spots in creating this book, so we'd be happy to hear from you. Use the email addresses above.

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