I’m thrilled to relaunch this blog. It’s the first week of Spring, the start of April, a big holiday weekend, and there’s a gorgeous full moon. I’m John, sometimes known around the office as the Mayor. I’m the founder and designer of VocabularySpellingCity and now, I’m pleased to announce that I’m also leading the way forward for WritingCity.
WritingCity? What happened to WriteStepsWriting?
WriteStepsWriting is a fantastic writing program developed and nurtured for most of a decade by a dedicated team of educators. In late 2017, VocabularySpellingCity acquired WriteStepsWriting and renamed it WritingCity so that it fits with its new sister sites: VocabularySpellingCity and Science4Us. Together, these three services form a product line known as LearningCity.
Yes, but what happened to WriteStepsWriting? Other than the name change, the writing program is mostly the same. Same lesson plans, same videos, and the same team providing PD and developing and updating the curriculum. We have updated the website to bring it up to modern standards for security, service, technology, and user-experience. Many users will notice that the WritingCity site is now easier to use. Looking forward, there are other educational and usability enhancements coming and to be clear, we would love to hear from you about what you would like us to add.
Why did we acquire it?
We bought it because we loved the writing program. We had been complemented by the schools and districts that we work with for our student writing practice exercises linked to weekly word lists but we also often heard that they were interested in having a full writing program. This started us looking around at what we could develop or buy. When we found WriteStepsWriting, we were thrilled. We liked the:
- detailed day by day lesson plans
- the authentic student writing samples as examplars
- the videos so the mini-lessons could be done in literacy centers rather than in whole class sessions by the teacher
- The blending of key writing strategies including Writer’s Workshop, 6 Trait Writing, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Multiple Intelligences, Marzano’s Instructional Strategies, and Cooperative Learning
- The balance of using prompts that are response to reading versus more open-ended prompts
I’d like to thank you all for your interest and urge you to stay in touch with us. Pick your media:Want to email us: [email protected] Like Facebook? https://www.facebook.com/WritingCityK5/ Like to Tweet? https://twitter.com/WritingCityK5 Like Pinterest? https://www.pinterest.com/writesteps/ Like Conferences? Want to know about our company and me? https://www.spellingcity.com/blog/about/ Have something to say directly to me? I have my own Twitter account: https://twitter.com/VSpellCityMayor