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How is Write on Course 20-20 organized?

The Write on Course 20-20 Handbook has five main sections, as you can see on the back cover.

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  1. The Process of Writing section teaches strategies for prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing.
  2. The Forms of Writing section teaches how to write the many forms: personal, narrative, explanatory, persuasive, literary, research, business, and creative. Chapters provide guidelines, models, and checklists.
  3. The Tools of Learning section teaches skills for reading, listening, speaking, studying, and test taking.
  4. The Proofreader's Guide provides rules and examples for punctuation, mechanics, spelling, usage, sentences, and grammar.
  5. The Student Almanac includes exciting pages on language, science, math, history, geography, and government—perfect for writing across the curriculum.

Take a Tour!

Page through the handbook in one of these ways:

  1. Open a Slideshow in Google Slides.
  2. Download a Slideshow in PowerPoint (10 MB).

What's in the grammar SkillsBooks?

Write on Course 20-20 includes three grammar SkillsBooks for grades 6, 7, and 8. Each SkillsBook teaches the rules of punctuation, mechanics, spelling, usage, sentences, and grammar, with examples and activities.

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Take a Tour!

Page through the SkillsBook Teacher's Guides in one of these ways:

  1. Open a Slideshow in Google Slides.
  2. Download a Slideshow in PowerPoint (8 MB).

What's in the free online Teacher's Guide?

The Write on Course 20-20 Teacher's Guide includes a scope and sequence, yearlong timetable, getting-started activities, chapter-by-chapter guide to the handbook, help for writing assessment, research basis, and activities and handouts.

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You can get to the Teacher's Guide by going to and clicking on "Teacher's Guides" in the top banner.

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Take a Tour!

Page through the free online Teacher's Guide on any device with Internet access—no sign-in needed.

How do these components work together?

The Write on Course 20-20 Handbook is designed to let you choose what you want to teach and when. Instead of marching page by page through a basal, you select the chapters you teach throughout the school year.

Here's one sample way that you might organize the first three weeks of instruction in your classroom, drawn from the "Yearlong Timetable" in the Teacher's Guide:

Write on Course Teacher's Guide Yearlong Time Table
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Most numbers represent pages in the Write on Course 20-20 Handbook, but those marked SB6, SB7, and SB8 represent pages in SkillsBook 6, 7, or 8. Here's one suggested teaching plan:

  • Week 1: Download "Getting-Started Activities" and distribute them to your students. They can complete the activities in Word or Google Docs, or they can work on paper printouts. These fun scavenger hunts and other activities help them become familiar with their handbooks. You can also teach "Why Write?" and get students started with "Writing in Journals."
  • Week 2: You can teach the chapters "Understanding Writing" and "One Writer's Process" to help students learn the basics of good writing. You can also teach "Creating Sentences" in the handbook. These pages align with activities within SkillsBooks 6, 7, and 8.
  • Week 3: You can teach "Understanding the Traits of Writing" and then have students begin writing narrative forms. Sixth graders might write "Descriptive Essays," seventh graders might create "Personal Narratives," and eighth graders could work on "Biographical Narratives." Each grade can learn about sentence combining in the handbook and practice it using the appropriate SkillsBook pages.

How can I get started with these materials?

Download the Write on Course 20-20 Program Sheet. The first page provides an overview of what you have just learned about the three components. The second page gives you a simple four-step process for launching the program in your classroom—getting you and your students comfortable with Write on Course 20-20.

Write on Course 20-20 Program Sheet 1
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Write on Course 20-20 Program Sheet 2
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