WriteSteps issued its Common Core release in the Fall of 2011 using the same methods and organization as the original WriteSteps. To use WriteSteps free for 30 days at no obligation, visit http://writestepswriting.com/freetrial.aspx. For more inspiration on teaching and K-5 writing, like WriteSteps on Facebook: https://Facebook.com/corestandardwritesteps. For free Common Core resources on Pinterest, go to http://Pinterest.com/writesteps.
WriteSteps includes a year's worth of Common Core lesson plans that integrate best practices like writers workshop, the 6 Traits, graphic organizers, and the Madeline Hunter lesson steps to teach Narrative writing, Informational writing, and Opinion writing. Unlike some Common Core programs, WriteSteps still teaches offers children opportunities to write fiction and poetry.
WriteSteps Founder & CEO Suzanne Klein is a former K-5 teacher and writing consultant with extensive training in writing pedagogy best practices, especially writer's workshop and 6 Traits. She has taught all elementary grades including a Title I literacy program, and gave professional development workshops on Balanced Writing for the Bureau of Education Research. Klein holds a Master of Arts degree in teaching, is a National Writing Project fellow, and draws inspiration from teachers such as Ralph Fletcher, Barry Lane, Lucy Calkins, Katie Wood Ray, and John Collins.