High Performance Writing is a writing program that provides teaching strategies for assisting the students to develop the skills necessary to become successful writers. The program uses a choice of units:
- Practical Writing,
- Descriptive Writing,
- Narrative Writing,
- Expository Writing,
- Persuasive Writing, and
- Report Writing.
Each unit focuses on process-based writing, giving the students specific instruction and practice to develop the skills they need to be clear and effective communicators.
High-Performance Writing uses a three-step instruction model based on current educational research that supports the belief that all children can become writers.
In the first step of this instructional model, the students hear or read exemplary pieces of writing in the form or genre they are studying. In the second step, the teacher and students work together to plan and draft a collaborative passage, revise it, and complete the writing cycle by proofreading for writing conventions such as grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling. Finally, students plan, draft, edit, proofread, and publish an individual piece of writing