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Modes in Focus- Grades K-5

Modes in Focus- Grades K-5

Grades K–5

Literature and Lessons for Narrative,
Informational, and Opinion Writing

Modes in Focus is designed to support educators and students with ready-to-use lessons, mentor texts, teaching tools, and more. Each grade-level kit is supported by its own Teacher’s Guide and includes six mentor texts tailored to the needs, abilities, and interests of your students.

Leading writing experts Ruth Culham and Libby Jachles take the next step in writing instruction by linking mentor texts to the modes of writing and providing model lessons that get students writing immediately and enthusiastically!

Each grade-level kit features:

  • Six mentor texts by contemporary children’s book authors—two that align with each mode
  • Six Teacher’s Guides with mode-specific lessons based on the mentor texts (18 lessons total)
  • A Getting Started Guide and Dr. Culham’s professional book Teach Writing Well to support your
    exploration of the modes
  • Color-coded stickers to label books and other teaching materials by mode
  • A companion website with downloadable writing activities, videos, scoring guides, and more
  • A set-up sheet and tabbed hanging folders to help organize materials
  • Three teaching posters that feature definitions and key qualities of the modes

Modes in Focus Book Spreads

Photograph of Ruth Culham, Ed.D,

Developed by Ruth Culham, Ed.D,

Best-selling author and pioneering researcher in writing assessment and instruction.

Photograph of Libby Jachles, M.S.,

Developed by Libby Jachles, M.S.,

Retired classroom teacher and literacy coach with over 20 years experience of researching and developing effective ways to teach writing.

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