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Applied Reading and Writing

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

WHY Applied Reading and Writing is 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.

See inside our proven Paired Texts Packets below!

Lists of packets (by grade level)

How Paired Texts Packets distinguish
from other paired texts options

In each packet, teachers use four levels of reading comprehension and three writing modules. Students write as much as they read as they move through each step of the reading and writing process. Each packet contains the following support:

  • Pre-reading study of key word families
  • Teacher models that are easy to follow
  • PALS strategies that keep learning active
  • Prewriting options for planning first drafts
  • Concrete revision strategies
  • Student-friendly scoring rubrics
  • Online interactive videos for training teachers and teaching each session

Writing to Win’s 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Writing to Win Paired Texts Assessment Packets better than other available options?

Because Writing to Win Paired Texts 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 Writing to Win Paired Texts Packets easily integrate with state content standards?

Absolutely! Every detail of Writing to Win Paired Texts 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 Writing to Win Paired Texts Packets impact students as learners?

We see three notable changes. Once students complete four Writing to Win Paired Texts 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 Writing to Win Paired Texts 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 Writing to Win Paired Texts 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 Paired Texts Packets guide gave it an “extremely student friendly” rating.


Do Writing to Win Paired Texts 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 Writing to Win Paired Texts 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 Writing to Win Paired Texts Packets give students practice in all three writing genres?

Yes they do. For students in each grade, Paired Texts Packets prompt them to write in argument / opinion, informational, and narrative genre.


Do the Paired Texts Packets really improve students’ extended responses to texts?

They sure do. Writing to Win Paired Texts 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.