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CraftPlus Program Components

K-8 Teacher Packs
Grade-Level Mentor Text Bundles
DVD Reference Set
Staff Development Package
Student Tools
Genre Guide: State Assessment Preparation
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K-8 Teacher Packs | Order Online↑ back to top

Learn more about the Curriculum Guides,
Daily Writing Lessons, and Teacher Packs.

This core instructional tool provides a differentiated curriculum, a copy of the grade-level Daily Writing Lessons, and integrated print resources . Each grade-level teacher receives a Teacher Pack ($199/e), which includes:

  • Daily Writing Lessons: A year’s worth of daily, 30- to 45-minute, desk-level writing workshop lessons. The lessons, which use literature, teacher and student models, cover organizational and composing writing Target Skills and embed practice in grade-level grammar, usage, and mechanics.

    Weekly, formative assessments and unit-end summative assessments are included. Each copy includes Target Skills’ expectations and a CD with a grammar guide, customizable rubrics, forms and templates, and student handouts.

  • Curriculum Guide: For easy differentiation, the curriculum is organized by student writing-competency levels: Emerging, Developing, Fluent, and FluentPlus. Tools and forms for planning, teaching, and assessing instruction are included.
  • Integrated Professional Resources: To support teachers and use in professional learning communities, at least two professional resources are integrated into (and referenced within) the program.

Grade-Level Mentor Text Bundles | Order Online↑ back to top

The lessons in the grade-level Daily Writing Lessons use trade book models that illustrate the Target Skill to be taught on that day. The modeled Target Skills in the CraftPlus program may also be found in well-written fiction and non-fiction titles. Click on the lists below to see the sample models used for each grade. A school may elect to buy a bundle for every teacher, a few bundles, or none at all.

Individual model literature selections can also be purchased through your favorite distributor. Click the links below to see the lists of mentor texts per grade.

Kindergarten Mentor Texts: $299
Grade 1 Mentor Texts: $229
Grade 2 Mentor Texts: $149
Grade 3 Mentor Texts: $199
Grade 4 Mentor Texts: $199
Grade 5 Mentor Texts: $99
Grade 6 Mentor Texts: $49
Grade 7 Mentor Texts: $99
Grade 8 Mentor Texts: $59

DVD Reference Set | Order Online↑ back to top

This optional set of sixteen DVDs can be used as a school-wide reference for K-5 staff and to orient teachers to the program. They can also be used as the basis for study groups and other on-site learning community opportunities.

Each 45-minute DVD is led by CraftPlus founder, Marcia S. Freeman, and is divided into three segments for easy viewing and discussion. Four classroom demonstration DVDs are linked to topics in the lecture DVDs. The set comes with a discussion guide. Click to view a complete list of the DVDs' contents.

Staff Development Package | Order Online↑ back to top

This optional component ($199/e) helps facilitators and lead teachers implement and manage CraftPlus, as well as guide professional learning communities. The Teacher Pack that you purchase determines which of the three Staff Development Packages you will receive:

Grades K-5 Staff Development Package | Order Online

  • K-5 Daily Writing Lessons Facilitator's Compilation: Includes every grades’ Daily Writing Lessons week by week, making it easy to monitor program implementation.
  • Resource CD: Includes the Curriculum Guides, reproducibles, graphic organizers, study group discussion questions, and student writing samples in all assessed genres.
  • Integrated Professional Resources for K-5: 
-Listen to This: Developing an Ear for Expository by Marcia Freeman
-Teaching the Youngest Writers:  A Practical Guide by Marcia Freeman
-Building a Writing Community: A Practical Guide by Marcia Freeman
Grades 6-8 Staff Development Package | Order Online
  • Grades 6-8 Daily Writing Lessons Facilitator's Compilation: Includes every grades’ Daily Writing Lessons week by week, making it easy to monitor program implementation.
  • Resource CD: Includes the Curriculum Guides, reproducibles, graphic organizers, study group discussion questions, and student writing samples in all assessed genres.
  • Integrated Professional Resources for 6-8: 
-Crafting Comparison Papers: For Developing Writers of Grades 4-10 by Marcia Freeman
-Crafting Expository Papers: For Teachers of Developing Writers in Grades 4-10 by Susan Koehler
-Crafting Opinion and Persuasive Papers: For Teachers of Developing Writers in Grades 4-10 by Tim Clifford
-Listen to This: Developing an Ear for Expository by Marcia Freeman

Student Tools↑ back to top

These are two optional resources that add a new dimension to small group, centers, or independent writing work.

Picture-Prompt Photocard Reference Set  | Order Online
This set of 32 double-sided, laminated color photographs can be used for visual models and prompts for K-8. Photos are numbered for easy assessment ($79/set).

Writing Wheels | Order Online
Each laminated wheel supports genre instruction within the writing process for either writing comparison, opinion/persuasive, or expository papers (For Grades 4-10).

Help young writers in grades four and up choose general and genre-specific techniques as they pre-write, organize, draft, and revise. Use with Crafting Opinion and Persuasive Papers, Crafting Expository Papers, Crafting Comparison Papers, or as stand-alone, writing-workshop tools.

Single wheel: $5
3-pack set of wheels: $12
5-pack of wheels, single genre: $20
Matching wheel and Crafting book: $24

Genre Guide: State Assessment Preparation↑ back to top

With your CraftPlus order, you receive a digital copy of the Genre Guide, which pulls out genre-specific Target Skills to intensively prepare test-year students for state assessments. This guide is available for elementary and middle-school students.

 

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