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Dana Wood, a kindergarten teacher at Canyon View School and a Smartboard expert,  created this wonderful toolbox to help with teaching “Accordion Paragraphs.”  The toolbox contains the icons for writing expository paragraphs, colored dots, yellow stars, red dashes, and folded paper.  Please note:  You must have Smart Board software in order to download the materials.  

Click here to access the toolbox:    sutw-ic


Topic Equals Chart Template  t-equal-chart 

Cluster Template  cluster-template

Accordion Paragraph (Folded Paper) Template  folded-paper-template1


In our last Step Up training (November 17, 2009), many of you asked for the sentence writing activity that uses a picture to generate a creative, quality sentence.  Here is the powerpoint for you to use.  masterpiece-sentences   Remember to thank Jake Burnett at Valley View Elementary for this great sentence writing activity.

  • December 8, 2009  Scott Zellmer will train teachers on the Utah Formative Writing Assessment.  This will be held at Canyon View School from 3:00-4:00.  To participate, email paeskelsen@weber.k12.ut.us.
  • January 12, 2010  Step Up to Writing training for “Getting Them Ready for Testing.”  This will be held at Canyon View School.  Elementary teachers will meet from 8:30 to 12:00 and Secondary teachers will meet from 12:30 to 3:30.  Please email paeskelsen@weber.k12.ut.us.
  • February 16, 2010   Step Up to Writing training for “Vocabulary Development.”  This will be held at Canyon View School.  Elementary teachers will meet from 8:30 to 12:00 and Secondary teachers will meet from 12:30 to 3:30.  Please email paeskelsen@weber.k12.ut.us.

The following are rubrics for Step Up to Writing paragraph writing.  These are great tools for tracking IEP progress.




Training November 17, 2009  Power Point:  sutw-sentence-writing-strategies-year-10

Training included

  • Strategies from the 2nd and 3rd edition of the Step Up To Writing Binder
  • REWARDS Writing:  Sentence Refinement
  • Framing Your Thoughts
  • Sentence Power

Matt Fenton, NOJH, shared a paragraph activity for adding topic sentences, adding conclusions, and analyzing paragraphs for completeness.  Thanks Matt!!!  Here is a link to this activity: editing-paragraphs-from-matt

Picture Prompts for Writing Masterpiece Sentences:  picture-prompts-for-sentence-writing1

Other Links:


www.novelideas-inc.com   publisher for Sentence Power curriculum

www.projectread.com  publisher for Framing Your Thoughts

www.cambiumlearning.com  publisher for REWARDS Writing:  Sentence Refinement



Training October 13, 2009    Power Point:  step-up-to-writing-training-two_20102

Training included:

  • Writing process
  • Building paragraphs with informal outlines
  • Using “Framed Paragraphs”  for struggling writers
  • Applying Step Up to Writing to content classes

Training September 21, 2009   Power Point  step-up-to-writing-training-1-for-the-2010-year

Training Included:

  • Basic Step Up to Writing Materials
  • Introduction to Step Up
  • Using Colors to Organize Writing
  • Two Kinds of Writing
  • Informal Outlines

Others links:

http://www.asdk12.org/Middlelink/LA/writing/StepUp/  great site for videos of teachers teaching Step Up, also lots of materials available


September 8, 2009 Training 

Power point matching-instruction-to-need 

Training included:

  • alignment if the 6 Traits and Step Up to Writing
  • evaluation using the 6 Traits Rubric
  • Interpretation of standardized test scores
  • diagnosis and identification of interventions
  • model lesson for persuasive wrting by Rebecca Becker
  • make and take–Persuasive Writing Folder/ Organizer

Other links: 

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