Power Writing

young man in the park sitting on the grass with a laptop, close-up hands and laptopThere’s no denying that writing is hard work. In fact, students’ most common complaint is how difficult it is to get their many ideas down on a  page in an organized manner. RRLS Power Writing classes and camps teach students practical ways to work through the feelings of intimidation and anxiety that often come along with a writing assignment.

Power Writing teaches students from grades 2 to 8 a numeric approach to structuring sentences, paragraphs, and essays. By applying a systematic approach to writing, and by teaching graphic and visual organizers, students learn tools and strategies that help them avoid feeling paralyzed or overwhelmed when sitting down to write.

One of the main goals of Power Writing is to reduce a student’s anxiety surrounding written expression.  That’s why we use interactive games and activities to introduce concepts. We focus on strategies that increase a student’s confidence in their ability to clearly communicate ideas in a variety of written formats.


Who Benefits from Power Writing?

Power Writing Icon copyPower Writing is designed for students who struggle to express themselves in written form. These students often feel intimidated by the writing process, confused about where to begin, and overwhelmed by a wealth of ideas.  Power Writing helps break down the writing process into manageable pieces. Students learn strategies that not only improve their writing, but also prevent them from feeling stuck and frustrated.


How Does it Work?

The Power Writing Program is made up of three sequential parts:

Level I

  • Familiarizes students with the numbered approach to writing:
  • -Power 1 (main idea)
    -Power 2 (supporting ideas)
    -Power 3 (extra details)

  • Focuses on writing basics:
  • -Understanding parts of speech (i.e., verbs, adverbs, nouns, adjectives, etc.)
    -Constructing well-written sentences and paragraphs

Level II

  • Develops students’ ability to construct more complex sentences and paragraphs
  • Expands into writing comprehensive five-paragraph style essays

 

In addition, the Power Writing Program uses a take-home workbook with 10 dynamic lessons designed to:

  • Engage the student
  • Stimulate creative processes
  • Serve as a resource and reference for future independent writing projects

 


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Disclaimer: RRLS group classes require a minimum number of students to run effectively. Families will be notified two weeks before the class start date if there is a risk of cancellation. In the event of a class cancellation, registrants will be given notice a week in advance of the camp start date. Participants will then have the option of transferring to another class or service, or receiving a full refund.


Power Writing FAQs

While Power Writing is designed for students who are intimidated by the writing process and do not know where to begin, the program can be adjusted to meet the needs of all students, at all writing levels. Additionally, Power Writing is designed to be kinesthetic and multi-sensory, appealing to all types of learners. Each session begins with a series of dynamic and interactive activities that gradually leads into the written work. Depending on how your child learns, Power Writing is offered to students in one-to-one or semi-private classes.

Power Writing can be used effectively with students seeking both enrichment and remediation.

Enrichment:  Power Writing is ideal for students ready to broaden their craft and apply these new skills to a variety of writing genres (i.e., narrative, expository, or descriptive prose).

Remediation: Power Writing’s systematic approach provides students with a clear and concise map to composing written work. This approach is beneficial for students with learning differences in reading, written expression, and executive functioning issues, as well as for students with ADD/ADHD.

-A systematic approach to building sentences, paragraphs, and ultimately essays
-Strategies for organizing thoughts, including brainstorming skills
-Improved sentence variety, vocabulary, and fluency, which leads to an enhanced writing style
-Strategies for unlocking creative writing ability
-Approaches that demystify the writing process and increase confidence.

Power Writing’s numeric approach aligns numbers with traditional terms, such as introductory sentence, supporting details, and elaboration, to eliminate confusion attached to generally used vocabulary. The Power Writing method identifies the topic sentence as a “Power 1,” to indicate the initial component of a written piece. A system of “Power 2s” and “Power 3s” support and explain the main idea. Power Writing also provides a menu of key transitional phrases, known as Signal Words, to enhance writing fluency. Students are given clear examples and the time to practice these Power Writing techniques.
The program is delivered according to a Direct Instruction pedagogy, which involves the explicit teaching of concepts in a strategic and systematic manner. This approach enhances student understanding of the topic presented, and allows for the mastery of new skills. The Power Writing program is taught on a one-to-one basis, or through semi-private classes.
We have been teaching Power Writing to our one-to-one students for several years and have perfected a dynamic, interactive, and accessible way to teach the program.
All Power Writing instructors have either B.Ed or M.Ed certification. They have extensive classroom and one-to-one teaching experience, and are well trained in the program. All teachers are supervised by the Director of Education.

Yes. The Power Writing course includes all necessary materials, including a student workbook with ample resources and regular assignments. Parents can help their children by familiarizing themselves with the workbook contents and the Power Writing method.
Students will be sent home with short assignments to complete between classes in order to reinforce the Power Writing lessons. Homework will be reviewed and feedback will be provided. Power Writing can only be fully effective if the homework is completed.
Due to the clear and concise structure Power Writing teaches, students’ grades will generally improve when Power Writing strategies are used. However, there are a number of variables that can affect academic success. Learning to write effectively is an ongoing process, and each individual learns in his or her own time. RRLS offers a great opportunity for students to dramatically increase their skills and confidence, and reach milestones they never thought possible.
Power Writing is delivered at our downtown office, 720 Spadina Avenue, Suite 504. All lessons are one-to- one, meaning that one teacher works with one student at a time, in a private learning space.
Yes. RRLS will teach privately organized classes at a convenient time and location.
One-to-one and semi-private lessons can be arranged at your home.