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Nancy Fetzer’s 4-6 Online Video Training Series
The Grades 4-6 Writing Manual
Grades 4-6 Writing Charts & Tools
Write sensational sentences, perfect paragraphs and exceptional essays. Engage all learners with a multi-sensory, explicit instructional writing program. Conduct systematic writing lessons to plan and organize ideas for succinct summaries and information, entertaining narratives, and convincing opinions and arguments.

Table of Contents: Grades 4-6 Writing Curriculum Videos

This online training is for Teachers, Support Staff, and Parents. Utilize Nancy Fetzer’s Grades 4-6 Writing Curriculum Online Training Manual and Videos to teach the Common Core State Writing Standards for Fourth through Sixth Grade Students. The manual and videos are packed with research-based, highly engaging lessons, tools, and techniques to ensure ALL students, whether Second Language Learners, Special Education, and General Education master the standards.


Common Core Standards p. 5

This chapter begins with an overview of the Grades 4-6 Common Core Writing Standards. There are three major domains of writing in the Common Core State Standards. These include: 1. Narrative (personal and imaginative); 2. Informative/Explanatory (to inform, describe, explain, or analyze); and 3. Opinion/Argumentative/Persuasive Writing. In addition to the standards is an overview of the Nancy Fetzer stages of writing. These are direct instruction writing lessons packed with best teaching strategies designed to teach each genre. Specific skills are taught at each grade level and provide schoolwide continuity for each genre. A handy table is provided identifying each type of writing and the stages assigned to each grade level to ensure the standards are taught and to provide a schoolwide cohesive and coherent program.

The Common Core Standards


Integrate Writing Across the Curriculum p. 11

Writing across the curriculum is highly recommended for students to master narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing. This video illustrates how to integrate writing into science, social studies and language arts.

Integrate Writing Across the Curriculum


The Writing Process: Plan, Talk, and Write p. 15

This chapter is an overview of the unique “Plan, Talk, and Write” process of writing, and how it is embedded, utilizing Direct Instruction Lessons to teach narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion writing.

The Writing Process


Narrative Writing Overview p. 21

This chapter has two sections: Introductory Lessons and Narrative Writing Lessons. The Introductory Lessons include Movie Scripts and Come Alive Boxes, language development activities that easily integrate and enhance any Language Arts curriculum. Movie Scripts develop robust vocabulary and narrative writing skills. Come Alive Boxes analyze characters in stories as well as teach word choice and descriptive writing for narratives. The second section of this chapter is the Narrative Writing Lessons for Stages 6-8. Each stage begins with an introductory chant, followed by direct instruction steps for students to learn in order to plan and write their own stories. These lessons teach all the elements and skills outlined in the Common Core Standards.

Narrative Writing Over

Narrative Writing Movie Scripts

Narrative Writing Come Alive Boxes

Narrative Writing Word Banks

Narrative Writing with Figurative Language

Narrative Writing Lessons Overview

Personal Narrative Writing Stage 6

Imaginative Narrative Stage 6

Narrative Writing Stage 7

Narrative Writing Stage 8


Narrative Writing Tools p. 73

This video explains how to use and organize the many narrative writing tools. Also, in this tools section is a free download of the full-color 81/2″ x 14″ Narrative Writing Wall Charts for Stages 6-8.

Narrative Writing Tools

Free Download “Narrative Writing Wall Charts” Stages 6-8


Informative/Explanatory Writing Organizers p. 101

This Chapter highlights six different text structures and matching organizers of informative/explanatory text for students to plan their writing, as well as unique hand signals used as memory devices to fill in the organizers.

Informative/Explanatory Writing Organizers

Informative/Explanatory Bulletin Board and Flip Book

Informative/Explanatory Chant and Hand Signs


Informative/Explanatory Writing p. 141

This Chapter outlines the unique “No Knowledge and Knowledge” format to develop academic language and informational writing skills integrated into the science and social studies curriculum. The “No Knowledge” activities introduce content vocabulary and background knowledge utilizing innovative written language techniques. These highly engaging methods include Lecture Notes, Content Vocabulary Diagrams, and Thinking Notes. The “Knowledge” activities include brainstorming and writing lessons. The Brainstorming exercises develop rigor and critical thinking that directly link to the Informative/Explanatory Writing Lessons for Stages 7-11. Each writing stage begins with an introductory chant, followed by direct instruction steps for student to learn in order to plan and write their own information. These lessons teach all the elements and skills outlined in the Common Core Standards.

Informative/Explanatory Writing Across the Curriculum

Lecture Notes

Content Vocabulary Diagrams

Brainstorming to Writing Lessons Overview

Informative/Explanatory Writing Stage 7 (Sequence)

Informative/Explanatory Writing Stage 7 (Categories)

Informative/Explanatory Writing Stage 8(Description)

Informative/Explanatory Writing: Stage 9 Thesis Statement

Informative/Explanatory Writing: Stage 10

Informative/Explanatory Writing: Stage 11 Overview

Informative/Explanatory Writing: Stage 11 Cause & Effect

Informative/Explanatory Writing: Stage 11 Compare

Informative/Explanatory Writing: Stage 11 Contrast


Informative/Explanatory Writing Tools p. 209

This video explains how to use and organize the many informative/explanatory writing tools. Also, in this tools section is a free download of full-color 81/2″ x 14″ Informative/Explanatory Writing Wall Charts for Stages 7-11.

4-6 Writing Informative/Explanatory: Organizing Your Tools

4-6 Writing Informative/Explanatory Tools for Main Ideas & Details

Informative/Explanatory Writing Tools: Hooks and Snappy Endings

Informative/Explanatory Writing Tools: Graphics

Free Download “Informative/Explanatory Writing Wall Charts” Stages 7-11


Opinion Writing p. 227

This chapter outlines detailed steps of how to teach Stages 7-8 of opinion writing for topics, narrative texts, and informative/explanatory texts. Students learn how to form opinions, backed with evidence (direct quotes/paraphrasing) that is analyzed to explain how the evidence supports the opinion. Finally, students learn how to make the opinion matter beyond the text or topic by connecting it to the world or at a personal level.

Opinion Writing Overview

Opinion Writing: Stage 7 Narrative Text

Opinion Writing: Stage 7 Informative/Explanatory Text

Opinion Writing: Stage 7 Topic

Opinion Essay Stage 8 Overview

Opinion Essay About a Text: Stage 8

Opinion Essay About a Topic : Stage 8


Opinion Writing Tools p. 291

This video explains how to use and organize the many opinion writing tools.

Opinion Writing Tools


Argumentative Writing p. 317

This chapter provides explicit instruction for students to argue for or against a claim, issue, or truth backed by relevant reasons and credible evidence.

Argumentative Writing Overview

Argumentative Writing: Stage 9

Argumentative Writing: Stage 10


Argumentative Writing Tools p. 339

This video explains how to use and organize the many argumentative writing tools.

ArgumentativeWriting Tools


Sentences  p. 349

This chapter introduces The Sentence Builder. This chart with manipulative "parts of speech cards" engage students to write powerful sentences for narrative and informational writing. Students learn to transform their ideas into sentence structures that provide more precise and active writing. In addition, a variety of student worksheets for students to practice skills learned from the Sentence Builder. The last two activities,"Combining Sentences" and "Author-My Try", are packed with skills that include grammar, mechanics, word choice, voice and style.


Introduction to the Sentence Builder

The Sentence Builder Story Openings for Narratives

The Sentence Builder Topic Sentences
Thesis Statement Student Worksheet

Sentence Pattern Blueprint Overview

Sentence Pattern Blueprint: Travelers

Sentence Pattern Blueprint: Grammer & Mechanics

Sentence Pattern Blueprint: Double the Who

Sentence Pattern Blueprint: Triple-Decker Power

Combining Sentences

Sentences: Author-My Try


Mentor Text to Writing Resource Wall  p. 373

This chapter displays many different anchor charts the students and teacher can develop throughout the school year. The charts include descriptive language, ideas, phrases, and so many more resources students can assess to enhance their writing.

MentorText to Writing Resource Wall


Revising and Editing p. 391

This chapter explains kid-friendly methods for students to revise and edit their written work for content & organization, sentences and words, and mechanics & grammar.

Reviseand Edit: Overview

Organization and Ideas: Overview

Organization and Ideas:Informative/Explanatory Essay (Stage 10)

Organization and Ideas:Informative/Explanatory Paragraph (Stage 7)

Organization and Ideas: Descriptive Paragraph (Stage 8)

Organization and Ideas: Narrative(Stages 7-8)

Organization and Ideas: Narrative(Stage 6)

Organization and Ideas: Opinion Essay about a Topic (Stage 8)

Organization and Ideas: Opinion Essay about a Text (Stage 8)

Organization and Ideas: Argument Essay (Stage 10)

Sentences: Overview

Sentences: Complete and Varied

Sentences: Word Choice

Sentences: Transitions


Revise and Edit: Tools and Student Feedback


Schedules  p. 407

This chapter provides sample schedules for grade levels 4-6. Use these schedules as a starting point to tailor your own instructional day.