Students won't necessarily write about the same topics as what's in the samples, but the samples will give them a better idea of how to express themselves, Schnautz said.
Word usage, vocabulary, sentence structure, and formulation of ideas are all part of the lessons, Schnautz said.
“I think it marries well with what we're doing with balanced literacy,” Schnautz said of the new curriculum. “The instructional coaches and I look forward to working with teachers to implement the curriculum. We also look forward to seeing the students' writing improve.”
District 80 has purchased the full set of materials for kindergarten through third grade, as educators are confident the curriculum will work with that age group.
For fourth through eighth grade, the district has only purchased a portion of the materials to try the curriculum on a pilot basis for that age group. If it goes well, the rest of the texts will be acquired, Schnautz said.
“We just want to be sure it fits well for them, Schnautz said. “We're going to slowly introduce it this year.”