Content-Area Literacy

Summary: This overview provides key information about the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP) and how it works, along with the results from multiple years/areas of the country. In “About the Program,” teachers can find resources that complement each other in a year-round approach to teaching argument: routine argument writing, mini-units, extended research arguments, on-demand tasks, formative assessment resources, and videos of teachers who have used the resources. The “How it Works” sub-link offers a model for an Advanced Institute for CRWP. The last sub-link provides the results of a 2-year random assignment evaluation which found CRWP had a positive, statistically significant effect on the four attributes of student argument writing—content, structure, stance, and conventions. Points of use include: site leadership team review of CRWP to see how it might be used in their region/locale; and teacher leadership or teacher inquiry related to bringing CRWP into their writing instruction.

About the Program

The College-Ready Writers Program integrates instructional, formative assessment, and professional development resources. Continue Reading

How the Program Works

CRWP works by integrating curricular resources, formative assessment, professional reading, and professional conversations. Learning to write arguments takes time and practice, which is why teachers who take advantage of CRWP resources engage in at least 4 “cycles of writing.” Continue Reading


SRI’s 2-year random assignment evaluation found consistent program implementation and positive impacts of the National Writing Project’s College-Ready Writers Program (CRWP). Despite the challenge of implementing a program in 22 districts across 10 states delivered by 12 Writing Project sites, CRWP was implemented with a high degree of fidelity to key program components. Continue Reading

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Original Source: National Writing Project College-Ready Writers Program,

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