OUR ONLINE WRITING PLATFORM
Your child will need three items for online writing:
1. a computer or laptop with a web cam
2. a Kindle or iPad
3. a chromebook
All of our session are private 1:1
You can choose between a 30 minute or 45 minute session.
We offer online and in-person writing sessions.
Writing Convention cover the basics appropriate to each level of writer, including elements such as capitalization, grammar, paragraphing, and spelling. Conventions clarify a piece of writing and make it more enjoyable to read because proper conventions help readers more easily determine what a writer is trying to say.
Skill building Lessons include writing both openings and endings for fiction and non-fiction writing. Opening Skill Lessons teach students how to effectively write introductions to their original compositions. Effective openings for compositions capture a reader's attention. Openings, which set the tone for a piece of writing, include action, description, facts, questions, or other elements depending on the text type of the writing. Ending Skill Lessons teach students how to create compelling endings to their compositions. Compelling endings are conclusions to pieces of writing that give readers a sense of closure. Whether a summary in nonfiction, or the solution to a problem in fiction, endings should use descriptions and strong vocabulary to create pictures in readers' minds that provide a feeling of closure.
Sentence Skill Lessons help students learn to write sentences that are clear and accurate. Lessons show students how to create different kinds of sentences, including simple, compound sentences and complex sentences. Improving sentence fluency allows writers to create compositions that flow easily from one word to the next and one sentence to the next, so that readers better understand the writing.
After the skill lessons, students begin the writing process. One type of writing is introduced at a time. Teachers move from heavy support with writing to independent student writing. The student works on organizing thoughts using a graphic organizer, writing a rough draft, editing using a rubric and finally writing a final draft using all of the skilled lessons.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF WRITING:
Narrative Lessons: Narrative process writing gives students the tools to create original stories with imagination and creativity, write about events or experiences in their own lives, and develop plots with strong openings (or introductions) and satisfying closings (or conclusions) with descriptive details in between. Narrative Writing Lessons teach students to entertain through written stories. The narrative genre includes many text types, including adventure, fairy tale, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, personal narrative, realistic fiction, or science fiction. Stretch & Catch’s® narrative writing lessons provide the resources teachers need to help students create original fiction and nonfiction stories. Narratives help students understand the different parts of a story—beginning, middle, and ending—and often include elements such as characters, settings, and problems and solutions.
Informative/Explanatory Lessons: Informative/Explanatory Writing Lessons model the writing process and give students practice with the structure and language of a text type. The Informative/Explanatory genre covers a variety of text types, such as autobiography, biography, descriptive, essay, experiment, informational report, how to, and more.
Opinion/Argument Lessons: Writers of opinion/argument pieces, such as persuasive or pro/con essays, advertisements, reviews, or editorials, convince readers to embrace a particular point of view. The Opinion/Argument Writing Lessons by Stretch & Catch® help students learn to write using factual evidence to improve their persuasive writing skills. Opinion/argument writing helps students understand what it takes to write something that will change a reader's point of view, get a reader to take action, or convince a reader that the writer's analysis or synthesis of a particular topic or concept is true. Process writing lessons help students understand the structure and language used in opinion/argument writing, so that they are able to distinguish between facts and opinions and supply reasons supported by evidence when they do their own writing.
Transactional Lessons: Transactional Writing Lessons start with the purpose of communicating ideas and information between individuals. Transactional writing includes a broad range of text types, such as business letters, friendly emails, invitations, speeches, and interviews. Students need to learn both social and business writing formats to be successful in school, the workplace, and social settings.