Applied Reading and Writing

Paired Texts
Packets that differentiate reading comprehension tasks and provide teacher models for all written responses.

WHY Applied Reading and Writing Packets Are the Way to Fully Integrate Reading and Writing!

They’re engaging!Content-rich texts entertain and challenge students.
They’re proficiency based!Students move from proficiency level 0 to 3 in just weeks.
They’re trackable!Students follow the entire reading / writing process in one packet.
They’re data informed!Students completing 1 packet / 9 weeks post significant gains in writing, reading comprehension, and language skills.

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The proven application of the full reading and writing process

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Applied Reading and Writing consistently produce double-digit growth on end-of-year ELA and writing tests.

The research of John Hattie offers two reasons: systematic vocabulary study (+ 0.67 effect size) and instructional tools for planning, revising, and editing (+ 0.44).

Evidence from our client schools documents growth compared with two years prior and the state average after students completed just two Paired Texts Packets:

  • An urban elementary school posted a 22% gain.
  • A suburban middle school posted a 31% gain.
  • A rural high school posted a 24% gain in ELA and 38% in writing.

What Our Reading and Writing Clients Say

Frequently Asked Questions about Applied Reading and Writing

Why are Applied Reading and Writing Assessment Packets better than other available options?

Applied Reading and Writing Packets 1) guide students through the reading process at differentiated levels of reading comprehension, 2) move student responses through each step of the writing process, and 3) provide model written responses throughout.

Do Applied Reading and Writing Packets easily integrate with state content standards?

Absolutely! Every detail of Applied Reading and Writing Packets serves to connect the dots among the instructional strands of a curriculum. The reading texts align to power or priority standards of reading, science, and social studies. All written responses require two or more sentences. Every session in the pacing guides includes all four language arts – listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

How do Applied Reading and Writing Packets impact students as learners?

We see three notable changes. Once students complete four Applied Reading and Writing Packets, they 1) begin to think critically about what they read, 2) show a greater understanding of the writing process, and 3) increase their desire to challenge themselves as readers and writers.

How do Applied Reading and Writing Packets impact the class environment?

We see three notable changes: 1) productive small-group sessions that integrate listening, reading, speaking and writing, 2) students assessing their writing with rubrics, and 3) responding to the writing of peers with response strategies.

Will it be easy to introduce Applied Reading and Writing Packets to my students?

Indeed. You simply follow our pacing guide with the first packet that you use. The 3-12 teachers who piloted our Introducing Applied Reading and Writing Packets guide gave it an “extremely student friendly” rating.

Do Applied Reading and Writing Packets help me see how my students grow as readers?

For sure. Every packet provides tasks for literal, inferential, evaluative, and applied reading comprehension. It is simple to track students’ progress through these four levels.

Do the texts in the Applied Reading and Writing Packets prepare students for reading texts they meet on end-of-year tests?

Indeed. Our content-rich texts are written at the upper level of the Lexile band for each grade. They include seven academic and content-specific vocabulary terms in each passage.

Do Applied Reading and Writing Packets give students practice in all three writing genres?

Yes, they do. For students in each grade, Applied Reading and Writing Packets prompt them to write in argument / opinion, informational, and narrative genres.

Do the Applied Reading and Writing Packets really improve students’ extended responses to texts?

They sure do. Applied Reading and Writing Packets relieve the test-taking anxiety of composing responses to texts. Students practice precisely what they are prompted to do on the day of the test.