Teacher Resources

If you are new to teaching composition, or if you want to focus on the writing process, these lectures walk you through each stage using best practices for teaching students how to write. You can download them and adapt them to your own style. Introduce students to the writing process. Then move to prewriting, and when you get to the list of prewriting options (like brainstorming, clustering, free writing, asking questions and using the five senses), explain each and give time in class for students to try them out for the paper they are writing at the time. When you give the lecture on thesis statements, stop on the slide with the three fundamental questions and have students answer them and construct thesis statements. Then have students write on the board or read the statements and critique each other’s.

Our Teacher Resources

Making Presentations

This lecture provides tips for creating effective presentations.

Academic Arguments

Provide students with a basic understanding of how academic arguments are structured.  Show how opinions can be formulated into academic arguments. Use the worksheet in Student Resources to give students practice formulating academic arguments.

Conducting Research

Use the lecture to guide students through the four steps of researching: preparing, conducting research, taking notes, and incorporating sources into a paper.

Writing Workshop: Researching

Use the three workshop activities to help students analyze research papers and how they are constructed.  The workshop helps teach them about citations and how they serve readers; the use of students’ ideas, paraphrase and quotation; and the structure of research papers.

15-Week Class Schedule

Class Schedule WA: Use this schedule as an easy way to incorporate Write-Anything into your writing class.  You can add, delete or rearrange to meet your curriculum requirements or teaching preferences.  The class works with or without a textbook, and you can choose the readings you like.

Writing Workshop: Organizing

Writing Workshop Organizing: Use this group exercise to help students understand the process by which they can organize information for their writing.

Writing Workshop: Writing a Summary

Writing Workshop Summarizing: Show students how to write a clear, accurate summary of an article or essay.

Writing Workshop: Showing v. Telling

Writing Workshop Show v Tell: Use this worksheet to help students practice providing detailed explanations to make their writing come to life.

Writing Workshop: Specifics and Support

Specifics and Support: Provide students with a worksheet to help them understand the difference between generalities and specific claims.  Help them work to provide credible evidence for their claims.

Writing Workshop: Writing an Introduction

Writing Workshop Introductions

Writing Workshop: Writing a Thesis Statement

Writing Workshop Thesis

Writing Workshop: Idea Generation

Writing Workshop: Idea Generation

Writing Workshop: The Writing Process

Writing Workshop Process: Teach students the writing process by guiding them through a sample paper.

Writing Workshop: First Day Introductions

Writing Workshop Intro

The Writing Process

Start out with the process used by professional writers to develop their texts. Show students how to write, instead of what to write.

Idea Generation or Prewriting

Explain the first stage of the writing process to help students learn to generate ideas for their papers.

Writing a Thesis Statement

Teach students what a thesis statement is, how it functions in a paper, and how to write an effective thesis statement.


Explain the process of organizing ideas and writing an outline for papers.


Teach students about the function of an introduction and how to write seven common types of introductions.

Cohesion and Transitions

Use the lecture to describe the quality of cohesion in a paper and then demonstrate ways to achieve it through writing transitions.

Revising and Editing

Focus students’ attention on the key areas of improving writing with practical approaches to find problems and make corrections.

How to Write a Summary

Walk students through the process of effectively summarizing a text.