So, I went nuts this week and ordered Step up to Writing AND Lessons That Change Writers. I found Step up to Writing on the web and really liked the way it seemed to operate. I watched all their sample videos of the program in action and actually tried it out with the kids. All I can say is WOW! The kids each wrote their first paragraph! And I must say, they turned out beautifully. It took two days to work through the process, although I think I should have been happy with three. The kids were definitely tired when we were done. I was so pleased with the outcome that I decided to go ahead and order Step up to Writing. I'll post more when it gets here.
I heard rave reviews about Lessons That Change Writers from our local librarian. She happens to be a teacher and couldn't have been more excited about this book. She even refused to switch to the school district's writing program as she thought this one was far superior. So, I ordered it as well. Since I feel that writing is such an important element in the kids' education, I feel like I can never have too much information. Between all the writing plans I now have, we should be covered through high school and hopefully the kids will find enjoyment and success in their writing.