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Writing on Demand

Vocabulary building of course standards

What is Writing on Demand?

Writing to Win Writing on Demand is a vocabulary building system for mastering content standards. Teachers choose from over 12 proven critical-thinking strategies each time students write. Within a few weeks, students analyze class lessons and reading texts to construct thoughtful and informative responses with confidence.

Research base – Writing Next: 11 effective strategies to improve writing

  • Strategy 11 Writing for Content Learning – 23 studies in ELA, math, science, and social studies
     Effect Size of + .35 where + .10 is significant

Evidence base – The experimental treatment included short written entries for content learning a minimum of three times a week for 18-24 weeks

  • Elementary grades 3-5 – increase percent of proficient learners on state tests

    ELA from 6 to 28%

    Math from 11 to 38%

    Science from 9 to 35%

    Social studies from 11 to 28%

  • Middle grades 6-8 – increased percent of proficient learners on state tests

    ELA from 6 to 17%

    Math from 11 to 30%

    Science from 17 to 24%

    Social studies from 18 to 31%

  • High school grades 9-12 – increase percent of proficient learners on state tests

    ELA from 8 to 12%

    Math from 6 to 26%

    Science from 14 to 29%

    Social studies from 13 to 18%

The online edition includes extensive keyboard practice using the key vocabulary in responding to writing prompts that show mastery of course standards. It includes grade-level expectations and proven rubrics for student self-assessment and peer evaluation. It includes progress reports for parents or administrators.

Daily Writing to Learn the Curriculum – the Writing on Demand teacher manual – includes

  • 12+ engaging critical-thinking strategies

  • Writing prompts for core standards in ELA and math

  • Writing prompts for national science and social studies standards

  • Teacher models, student exemplars, and sample prompts for each critical-thinking strategy

  • Charts guiding, supporting, and tracking teacher practices and student progress


Research and Evidence

Since 2002, Writing to Win Writing on Demand has been a proven link between core standards in math, science, and social studies and double-digit growth on Georgia end-of-year assessment of math, science, and social studies texts.

Teachers and instructional leaders love:

  • the simple concrete writing strategies and critical-thinking tasks
  • online platform aligned to GSE ELA, math, science, and social studies
  • double-digit gains in ELA, math, Pathways, science, and social studies

Writing on Demand is the choice of the Marzano Academies. Marzanoacademies.org is a growing network of competency-based learning centers and partnership schools that includes Writing to Win instructional solutions as a defining feature.

The following graph presents spring 2019 student achievement on Georgia Milestones assessment math, social studies, and biology. The green bar represents the percent of students who completed 3 entries per week for 15+ weeks and scored a 3 (proficient learner) or 4 (distinguished learner).

The data set is from a rural ES, urban MS, and suburban HS that reported double-digit gains in the 1st year using Writing to Win Writing on Demand. Each school reported significant gains in ELA and writing. Additionally, the rural elementary school that had not scored within 12% of the state average exceeded it by 10%. The urban middle school with seriously depressed scores came within 2% of the state average. The suburban high school with scores that consistently approached the state average scored 11% above it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Writing to Win Writing on Demand so effective?

A daily routine of analyzing, assessing, and recapping what they have learned in daily lessons benefits students in two ways. They take ownership of what you teach and retain it long after it helps them pass a unit test.


What about the impact that Writing to Win Writing on Demand has on class environment?

Positive changes show up almost immediately. Our critical-thinking strategies help all students understand more clearly what you are teaching. When you prompt short writing to activate a class, students’ minds leave events in the hallway and quickly focus on the depths of knowledge about your daily lessons.


Does Writing to Win Writing on Demand impact student performance on tests of math, reading, science, and social studies?

It does. Writing on Demand ensures that students master the vocabulary in any course of study. Math, reading, science, and social studies for sure. Yet we’ve seen significant gains in tests of knowledge in courses as varied as Algebra, Business Management, Art History, foreign languages, and ROTC.


Will Writing to Win Writing on Demand help my students identify and explain the topics they write about?

Certainly. Teachers report increased student participation and insight in class discussions. Data from our action research reports documents increased student scores on state tests of knowledge.


Does Writing to Win Writing on Demand give students practice in all three writing genres?

Without a doubt. Specific writing strategies provide students practice in creating 1) logical arguments, 2) strong narratives, or 3) detailed informational entries.


Does Writing to Win Writing on Demand include a pacing guide for use?

Yes it does. Writing to Win Writing on Demand includes a complete teacher’s manual with explanations of each critical-thinking strategy. It includes teacher models, student exemplars, and suggested teacher expectations.


What makes the Writing to Win Writing on Demand online better than the print edition?

It makes your teaching life easier. For every Writing to Win Writing on Demand prompt you assign, the computer projects your expectations, key terms, your model entry, and an online rubric for your students to use on their own writing and that of an assigned PAL. It also collects student work and creates reports to use with parents or administrators.


Will it be easy to introduce Writing to Win Writing on Demand to my students?

Remarkably easy. Independent reviews of Writing to Win Writing on Demand describe it as straightforward in design and intuitive in use.


Does Writing to Win Writing on Demand promote the proven power of nonfiction writing?

It does. Many of the Writing to Win Writing on Demand prompts give students practice with argument, informational, and narrative techniques that nonfiction authors rely on when they write.