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What Can I Do To Teach Common Core Writing Skills?


Area of Concern: Process Writing

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Elementary School

Competency: At Level

What can I do to prepare for the Common Core writing skills in my classroom? I teach 4th and 5th graders.



Merit has worked with many 4th and 5th grade teachers to teach writing skills. The Common Core writing standards align well with Merit’s writing programs.

The best option is to first use Starter Paragraph Punch and then use Open Punch.

With Starter Paragraph Punch students learn how to write a basic paragraph developed through reasons, details, examples, and sequence. Pre-set writing prompts guide students step-by-step through pre-writing, organizing, revising, editing, and publishing. Student writing is stored in an easy-to-use management system which allows teachers to monitor learners’ progress.

After Starter Paragraph Punch, try using Open Punch. Open Punch helps students learn to write narrative, fact-based, or opinion paragraphs – the writing concepts emphasized in the Common Core. Once teachers are familiar with the structure of the Punch programs, they can use their own writing topics with the program.

Merit Software's Solutions lists many more programs can help with your educational success. For a complete list, please visit Merit Solutions.

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