SQ Write is a one-stop solution that allows your students to meet the Common Core Standards for expository writing. Comprehensive and effective- your teachers will be able to immediately implement SQ Write in the classroom, paving the way for confident,
As administrators, you share a common need for effective writing instruction that is easy for teachers to implement. You need an easy to use curriculum that can be standardized across classes and grades, and across multiple subjects. When you factor in the Common Core Standards, it may seem like an impossibly tall order- where can you find a curriculum that fulfills all of these needs? Look no further! SQ Write meets all of these criteria. It is a dynamic curriculum that will help your students excel beyond the Common Core Standards.
Teachers will love its simplicity and students will immediately use it effectively, becoming self-reliant, thriving writers in the process.
SQ Write targets 4th through 8th grade students. It is easily adaptable for high school and college students as well.
SQ Write employs an executive functioning self-questioning process that is used at all writing levels from 4th grade through high school. Therefore, the explicit instructional steps and strategies do not need to be modified. However, the modeled essay may need to be adapted. High school and college teachers may choose to provide students with higher-level writing themes and examples.
SQ Write is an explicit instructional program that is taught in mainstream English, humanities, language arts, and ESL classrooms as well as all tiers of instruction and special education resource classrooms.
Students take their blank SQ Write Thought Organizers, Q Card, and Individualized Editing Booklet (IEB) to other classes (i.e. – social studies, science, etc.). Once students have completed the 10 lessons of explicit writing instruction, they independently use these hands-on writing tools in all courses.
Cross-subject teachers may use blank Thought Organizers for writing assignments in their classes. Going one step further, cross-subject teachers may decide to require the completion of a Thought Organizer prior to students beginning their writing.
SQ Write includes 10 chapters. Seven chapters require approximately two 40 minute class periods – the other three chapters require one 40 minute class period. In total, the SQ Write curriculum takes approximately 17 class periods for implementation. Following completion of the program, teachers may repeat lessons in which individual students may require further support.
At the end of the curriculum students know how to self-question and record their answers and ideas in an organized and structured written format. For post-curricular writing assignments, students simply utilize the Q Card, Thought Organizer, and Individualized Editing Booklet to prepare and write complete and elaborated essays. Students may complete the Thought Organizer in one sitting and write the essay in another.
Yes, SQ Write meets all Common Core Standards from 4th grade and up for expository writing. Further, SQ Write is aligned with state testing rubrics for expository writing.
SQ Write is used in all tiers of instruction. SQ Write is taught to whole general education Tier 1 classrooms. Due to SQ Write’s research-based, explicit, and step-by-step qualities, it is also taught in Tiers 2 and 3 small groups and in special education classrooms. SQ Write is especially suited to help students in inclusion settings due to its individualized quality.
Yes! Hands-on, on-site customized professional development programs are available. Participants experience SQ Write as both a teacher and a student resulting in successful and effective implementation.