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A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers, and Learners

The new Writers Express is the perfect resource to help 4th and 5th grade students become better writers, readers, test takers, and learners. It overflows with writing guidelines, models, checklists, tips, and much more. The handbook has four major sections.

  • The Process of Writing answers questions about writing, from selecting a topic to proofreading a final draft.
  • The Forms of Writing section contains help for writing essays, reports, stories, poems, and many other documents.
  • The Tools of Learning section helps students effectively study, read, listen, speak, and take tests.
  • The Proofreader’s Guide provides rules and examples for punctuation, capitalization, spelling, grammar, and much more.

A free online Writers Express Teacher's Guide walks you through the student handbook, giving advice for using each page in your classroom. You'll also find free document downloads, related minilessons, additional student models, additional writing topics, videos, and more. And the Teacher's Guide correlates every page to the Common Core State Standards, connecting you to even more resources.

Also, check out the Writers Express SkillsBooks, teaching punctuation, capitalization, mechanics, usage, spelling, and grammar to students in grade 4 and grade 5.

To see how these components work together, download the Program Overview, which includes a 4-step process for getting started. You also can receive free online professional development for teaching with Writers Express!

How do I use Writers Express in my classroom?

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Writers Express . . .

  • connects with students using colorful art and an encouraging voice.
  • leads students step-by-step through the writing process: prewriting, writing, revising, editing, and publishing.
  • helps students write better sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
  • models writing for different purposes: personal, narrative, explanatory, persuasive (argument), literary, research, imaginative, and assessment.
  • includes dozens of high-interest student models of writing.
  • supports student writers in all classes across the curriculum.
  • helps students improve learning: reading, spelling, speaking, viewing, listening, thinking, studying, collaborating, taking tests, and using technology.
  • guides students when editing for punctuation, mechanics, spelling, usage, sentences, and grammar.

What Teachers Are Saying

“I’m very impressed with your new handbook. It’s a pleasure and a delight to find a book written especially for students!”

—Green Acres School
Visalia, California

“I find your materials exceedingly efficient and effective. We love the humor and illustrations—and especially having everything in one place for a quick reference.”

—Base Line School
Boulder, Colorado

“I am a teacher of students in grades 4–5, and all of my students love your handbook. When I asked them why, they said, ‘It’s colorful, easy to use, and full of great stuff.’”

—Searfoss Elementary
Johnstown, Ohio

“This book is great as a refresher for adults and becomes an amazing tool in our homeschool adventures. My children are currently engaging with the book and working on writing by following the flow of the book, and already I am seeing an improvement in their work. Though the book is meant for a specific age group, children younger and older will benefit from having this book on hand.”

Richmond, Indiana

White Paper

Download the Writers Express White Paper, "Why Write."

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Standards Correlations:

The State Standards provide a way to evaluate your students' performance.