I’ve often written about The Write Institute, the absolutely incredible thematically-based writing units that we use with English Language Learners (and other students) at our school.
I haven’t seen anything that comes close to it in terms of engaging and effective writing instruction.
Even though it includes some outdated links, you can get a limited sense of the units from a webpage I’ve created to provide online support for our students.
One of its drawbacks, though, has been that the reproducible and consumable units have only been available to school districts who officially partner with the Institute.
Or, at least, that’s what I thought.
You can now purchase — for $20 each — the supplemental units the WRITE Institute creates and then reproduce them for a one-time classroom use.
These supplemental units are not the full ones that we use (I’m assuming that those are still only available to partners), but they include the most important parts of them.
I’m not sure if this is a recent development, or if they’ve always been available and I just didn’t know about it.
I’d still encourage your district to become a partner with the Institute because of the additional units and training that comes along with it.
However, if you’re not in that situation, I can honestly think of no better way to spend your money (except, perhaps, on buying my book on teaching ELL’s when it’s published in April :))
I’m adding this information to The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement.