Materials needed: Student copies of the Step 1 Guide Sheet, colored pencils,
erasers, #2 pencils, overhead pens (black, red, blue, and green) overhead
transparency of Step 1 ... (Class Response:) Write the topic in the center. ... I will
write down the 3rd idea, from the story, in the Idea #3 circle. ... In the example on
the following page, I used an American Indian story called, Bluebonnet Girlby
Author: Joanna Posey
This Volume, is the first of 2 volumes that are being released together, but under separate covers. Volume 1, contains the instructional guide to teach special education students and English language learners to be successful writers, in 7 easy steps. In view of the increasing educational dropout rate of these special populations, this unique, simple program offers encouragement, hope, and success to students who are struggling in developing their writing skills. Not only is this program easy to learn and remember, but students are able to increase their writing skills in shorter periods of time. This Volume contains five, no-frills, bare-bones lesson plans along with teacher comments. It also includes reproducible Master Guide Sheets, and student Self-evaluation forms. The simplified color coding system is used as a consistent, predictable routine in each writing activity. This program, like no other, promotes student self-confidence and renewed interest in learning. The words, "I can't write" turn into "Yes, I can!" However, the best kept secret is that these 7 easy steps will help all students. Listen to what the kids are saying: "I had a lot of fun with Steps 1 to 7. They really helped me with my work," (comments from an 8th grade student). "The first thing I learned was Steps 1-7. I learned how to write better paragraphs," (comments from an 8th grade student). "I learned how to web my ideas using complete sentences," (comments from an 8th grade student). "I did really well on my writing assessment because I used the 7 steps," (comments from a 9th grade student) "I couldn't write a complete sentence. With these steps, I can write complete paragraphs and essays for Language Arts and Geography. I did well in my writing test, too," (comments from a 9th grade student). Listen to what teachers are saying: "I have been in meetings where parents have commented how effective her writing program has been with helping their kids. I've often heard parents express their gratitude for their child's success due to Ms. Posey's teaching," (comments from a junior high teacher). "After the 9th graders took the writing assessment, several of the students commented on how good they felt about their writing abilities that were a direct result of the efforts of Ms. Posey," (comments from a junior high teacher). "Her strategies and writing techniques resulted in 50% improvement, an impressive increase, in the scores of resource students for the 9th grade direct writing assessment. This is the highest achievement I've seen in my 30 years of teaching," (comments from a secondary special education teacher).