The Jane Schaffer Writing Program aligns with Common Core State Standards and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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The Formula Issue


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Jane Schaffer’s Non-negotiables

  • All students can think, and all students can write.
  • Formula/structure is a place to start for students who need it; some don’t need it at all. We want students to leave the formula behind when they are ready to do so. Breaking the formula is called weaving – – mixing fact and opinion/concrete detail and commentary.
  • Consistency of program outweighs individual teacher preference. Everyone abides by majority votes.
  • Common terminology for the paragraph and essay helps students learn.
  • Writing is a process that includes the prompt, prewriting, T-charts, webbing pages, graphic organizers/shaping sheets, drafting, revisions, and rubrics. All of these steps are required.