Our department is in the process of standardizing our writing instruction across grade levels. Our focus is on structure, organization and supporting evidence.
Most grades will be writing persuasive, expository and narrative essays with clear thesis statements and supporting evidence. All teachers will be teaching sentence structure, mechanics and grammar too.
We expose our kids to diverse voices from across a variety of media, including short fiction stories, fiction novels, news stories, biographies, non-fiction articles, documentaries and films. (Reading/video selections vary by teacher.)