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Writing instruction will follow the program Being a Writer. This program uses a workshop model and encourages students to develop both academically and socially as they build their knowledge of and appreciation for the craft of writing. The goals of the program are to foster students’ growth as skilled writers and as caring members of the community. The Being a Writer program aligns with the Common Core State Standards using units of study covering all the required genres: Opinion/Argument, Informative/Explanatory, and Narrative. An instructional focus will also be on grammar skills.