What Are WriteAlong Lessons?
LearnZillion WriteAlong lessons are short videos addressing critical Writing and Language Common Core Standards for grades 3-8. They cover the components of Writing standards 1,2, and 3 for grades 4-8 — which focus on organization, large-scale structure, transitions, and style. Language lessons cover standards 1, 2, and some of 3 for grades 3-8 — focusing on sentence structure, grammar, and mechanics.
Each video reviews key content knowledge and is interactive in its modeling of improving existing drafts. The videos indicate explicit times for students to pause the lesson and practice the skill on accompanying student practice sheets, embracing a gradual release of responsibility to students. The lessons culminate with the opportunity for students to employ the taught skill by improving a draft independently. See an example of two WriteAlong videos in the image below.