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Integrated Reading and Writing Strategies for Marzano Academies

Three complementary* instructional routines

These reading and writing routines help Marzano Academies teachers solve three perennial challenges in teaching and learning.

 

The challenges: teaching students to use …

W2Win routines

Marzano recommendations

… mature grammatical patterns in their independent writing

Applied Grammar

a must have

… the vocabulary of ELA, math, science, and social studies standards in speaking and writing.

Writing on Demand

recommended

… the writing process to respond  to reading texts with ease and insight

Paired Texts Packets

recommended 

*Complementary (to complete or bring to perfection) – instructional routines that help teachers teach what they already teach more efficiently and effectively.

 

Applied Grammar Routine

When Bob and I first met in the mid-70s, we were intrigued by a new research-based instructional strategy out of Harvard University called sentence combining. We discussed my doctoral study of sentence combining and agreed that using the strategy required a definite paradigm shift. 50 years of research shows that the effort to make the shift is worth it.

Writing to Win’s Applied Grammar instructional routine delivers a complete language program called Sentence Building. It covers all language standards of every U.S. state curriculum. Unlike other language programs, it ensures that the phrases and sentences that students study show up in their independent writing. Solving sentence-combining puzzles make learning grammatical patterns both challenging and fun. The written (print) or keyboarding (online) practice presents the challenge; the oral and kinesthetic (hand motions) practice adds the fun. The value add is increased scores of reading comprehension and written expression. Writing to Win’s Sentence Building is the only complete sentence-combining program available. That is why Bob promotes it for the academies as a must-have.

For 20-30 minutes twice a week for 18-20 weeks, the impact on grades 1-12 students is evident in class and on end-of-year tests.

Learn more about our Applied Grammar Routine and its impact on study learning.
Flynn Marzano Academy practices Sentence Building in print (literacy level 1) and online (levels 2-6).

Call 706-850-5854 (ET) to schedule a demonstration of this effective instructional routine.

Writing on Demand Routine

The Writing on Demand routine solves the challenge of helping every student master the vocabulary of their state’s ELA, math, science, and social studies standards. This simple but rigorous system of writing consists of a toolkit of critical-thinking writing strategies. Each strategy is designed to engage students in writing short, daily vocabulary-building entries. Each entry concludes with student self-assessment and PAL’s response.

In line with the research of the 90-90-90 schools 2000 and Writing Next, 2007, the Writing on Demand system of frequent writing increases student performance in grades 1-11. Classroom action data shows that writing a minimum of three times a week for 15 weeks increases scores on tests of knowledge in all core content areas.

Learn more about our Writing on Demand routine and its impact on student learning.

At Flynn Marzano Academy, Writing on Demand is a standard part of the K-6 curriculum in math, reading, science, or social studies.

Call 706-850-5854 (ET) to schedule a demonstration of this effective instructional routine.

Paired Texts Packets Routine

Paired Texts Packets solves the challenge of integrating the many pieces of reading instruction with the steps of the writing process. Each packet is built around two content-rich texts written at the top end of the Lexile band for each of grades 3-12. Teachers move small groups of students through three 30-minutes sessions for three weeks.

In weeks 1-2, students experience reading comprehension tasks differentiated at four levels as well as selected and constructed-response items for each text. In week 3, teachers use the strategies and tools of the Prewriting, Revision, and Evaluation modules to ease students through the steps of the writing process.

In line with the research of the National Writing Project 1982-present, Hattie 2013, and Marzano 2005, the completion of 2-3 Paired Texts Packets increases students’ performance on end-of-year tests of reading comprehension, vocabulary, and extended writing, grades 3-11.

Learn more about our Paired Texts Packets routine and its impact on student learning.

At Flynn Marzano Academy, teachers of literacy levels 3-6 use the packets to complete their instruction in the informational, narrative, and opinion / argument genres. Whether your state tests students’ extended responses to paired texts or not, Paired Texts Packets help your students cover your state standards of the writing process and reading comprehension.

Call 706-850-5854 (ET) to schedule a demonstration of this effective instructional routine.

If you are in search of access to Marzano Academy learning options, check out our Writing to Win routines for teaching your students!

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