We write everyday in this class. We use the basic writing process, the six traits, and the program Step Up to Writing. The class starts out looking at sentences with intentional errors in them and having the students try and find mistakes. Next they typically get a topic and need to write an organized paragraph. We spend a lot of time reading their writing aloud and editing/revising their work as a group. We use the actual HSPE or WIAT 4 point scoring guide to evaluate student work.
Each semester we read a book as a class and have lots of writing assignments to accompany it.