“For years our students have struggled with writing. Writing is possibly one of the hardest content areas to teach, because there has never been a specific comprehensive format available to assist teachers on how to teach it. As educators, we have all struggled trying to find ways on how to address our problem but to no avail. We have never found anything substantial that we can grasp and utilize and develop phenomenal writers.
We must start teaching writing as soon as the students enter their academic studies in Kindergarten. We also all know that writing should continuously build and become more sophisticated as the students are promoted year to year. Our goal should be that students can write and create 3, 4, and 5 paragraph essays or beyond as they approach 5th, 6th, or 7th grades. Students should be able to write at the expected grade level, much like it is expected for them to read at specific grade level or beyond. Good writers understand the importance of writing descriptively, utilizing appropriate grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and inflection with ease. We constantly hear, “if only our students could become as good writers as they are good readers.” The reality is to this day, teachers, schools, and districts continue to search for a solution to this problem.
In addition, to wanting to develop good writers and readers, many of our schools are plagued with other challenges that prevent us from raising our writing and reading achievement. We are challenged with having students with limited English, have little to no literacy at home, are low income with little support at home, etc. These challenges alone can deflate a teacher’s hope on developing good writers, but Captain Write is now offering teachers hope and a great solution.
Captain Write and his team of Super Writers have single handedly helped develop phenomenal writers at my school. Captain Write is a wonderful superhero that has no fear when he is confronted with student challenges. Teachers and students are taught writing can be fun and simple to learn. Students gravitate towards Captain Write because the writing process is engaging and students want to destroy Couch Potato Man and all his villains.
I am at a elementary school with over 900 ELL students and together we have defeated Couch Potato Man and his villains. Our students have turned their writing scores around from having one student pass the writing proficiency to now having been recognized as one of the top schools in the state in writing.” Elementary Distinguished Principal of the Year 2010-2011
“Captain Write is our hero! Before he arrived at our school our teachers were full of frustration and could not seem to get a grasp on how to effectively teach writing to our students. Over 80% of our student population is made up of English Language learners and nothing came easy to them when it came to writing. Now, our whole school is aligned when it comes to delivering effective writing instruction, our teachers are confident when it comes to teaching writing, and our students are engaged in the writing process through the exciting characters and achieving in writing and are more confident writers!
As a literacy specialist, Captain Write has made my job much easier, because our teachers, especially our new teachers, don’t have to be trained as much in writing instruction as we had to before with other programs. Other writing programs rely heavily on training teachers on a certain approach and then afterwards teachers are on their own to develop their own lessons. Captain Write’s framework is included in the manual for teachers to refer to and have hundreds of comprehensive and systematic lessons for them and their students to follow along. Writing has never been more fun to teach and learn at our school!” I.M., Literacy Specialist
“I’m a third grade teacher and to be honest, I have never felt comfortable teaching writing. Before we had Captain Write in our school, my writing period was basically students journaling and daily language lessons where students had to edit a few sentences posted on the board. My students were not receiving the rich writing instruction they are receiving now with Captain Write.
My writing period is now so much more dynamic. Now, I give mini lessons on how to develop ideas, on how to infuse voice in their writing, on how to organize their writing, and how to improve their sentences and other language skills necessary to being an effective writer. Additionally, I know how to conference with my students more effectively and what to conference with them about. Captain Write has made me a better writing teacher.” M. A., 3rd Grade Teacher
“This year was the first year we implemented Captain Write in our school and I was shocked to see the improvement of my students’ writing! I was particularly amazed on how my special education student went from not being able to write one complete sentence to now writing complete essays with great ideas, voice, and well developed sentences. I am so thrilled with the difference Captain Write has helped me make in my students’ lives.” 5th Grade Teacher
“Captain Write and the Super Writers have made teaching writing less complicated and so much more enjoyable. Before our school became a Captain Write school I spent so many frustrating hours modeling writing to my students and I never felt like there was enough time to cover everything I needed to cover for my students to become well rounded writers. Now, instead of tediously creating modeled samples for my students, I spend time having meaningful discussions with my students about the important aspects of writing. I am very thankful that my school has become a Captain Write school.” 4th Grade Teacher
“Captain Write and the Super Writers is a great program to help students develop their writing skills, understand and enjoy the writing process, and everything it involves. The program manages to present the writing process in a simple, fun, and understandable way, guiding and training the students effortlessly as each step unfolds itself. The writing topics offers truly interested and motivated the kids; the students would become overflowed with interesting and innovating ideas and thoughts. The biography was one of the writing topics that was covered during the program, and it was very special to observe the people the students chose and the fascinating things they wrote about them. The short story at the beginning of the book, where the characters and a short plot are presented, is a great way to get the students invested, interested, and involved in the program and the goals and missions it aims to reach. Captain Write and the Super Writers has great examples and resources to help the students comprehend the material being discussed, such as the helpful tips the characters in the book provide, the reminders, the Captain Write and the Super Writers work book, the lists of new words the students are provided with so they can use, amongst others. There were only a few times when the program contained material that was a little too advanced for the students, for example: understanding the names of the characters in the book (which have composition or grammatical functions the students weren’t familiar with) and certain synonyms of commonly used words that the program recommends the students use. Even though there wasn’t enough time to explore all of the sections, it is evident that the program not only helps the students learn and familiarize themselves with the writing process and the art of composition, but also makes writing an enjoyable, inspiring, and fulfilling experience for them.” A. P