Writing By Design

Launched by Dr. Karen Dubrule, Writing By Design unites teachers and students together in a common purpose: excellence in writing. Created to provide sound writing instruction to students, this program is designed to help teachers build their own capacity and confidence to teach writing. Each unit focuses on a specific, common core aligned genre and supports the teacher through every step of instructional delivery. With teacher modeling serving as a key component to instruction, detailed examples are provided to ensure successful lesson experiences for both teachers and students.

Writing By Design is a joint collaborative between Advanced Collaborative Solutions and Education Consultants.




Unique highlights of Writing By Design include:

  • Six Traits of Writing – supported by years of scientific studies on classroom practices and student writing proficiency (REL Northwest, Education Northwest).
  • Professional development – With purchase of the program, teachers experience a full-day of professional development targeted to effective instructional practice and program implementation. Optional instructional coaching provides teachers with demonstration lessons and facilitation of grade level collaboration.
  • Scaffolded design – The program was developed using a research-based backward curriculum design model with each year’s instruction building on prior- year student learning. This results in year-to-year increases in student proficiency, consistency throughout the grades with instructional practice, and increased teacher comfort level with program implementation.
  • Assessment tools – Class profiles; teaching and scoring rubrics.
  • Curriculum for handwriting instruction– An additional teaching manual is dedicated to handwriting instruction/beginning sentence formation at the Kindergarten level. This can also be a resource for special needs students.
  • Spelling – Explicit grade level “No Excuse Spelling” protocols ensure comprehension and correct spelling of high frequency words.
  • Academic Vocabulary – Referenced in the Glossary of teaching manuals with grade-based differentiated instruction, this ensures a rigorous and consistent approach to writing instruction.
  • Writing prompts / formal assessments – Eliminates the need for teacher or district-created tools.
  • Picture Book references and resources at each grade level provide students with models of Six Traits, CCSS strands of writing, and writing genres.
  • Six Traits and Genre instructional charts – additional tools to support lesson delivery ensuring alignment of instruction to instructional goals/CCSS standards.
  • Consistent, research-based lesson design – All lessons at every grade level follow the design of Madeline Hunter’s researched methodology of effective instruction.
  • Online resources – Reproducible teaching tools for time-saving lesson preparation (Additional tools are under development and will be made available at no additional cost.)
  • Spanish-translated materials – Spanish versions of the Six Traits posters and CCSS Genre charts are currently available. 

For more information, visit the Writing by Design website.