Incite to Write provides the tools for students to become powerful communicators in both written and spoken English. The Incite to Write program teaches grammar, sentence and paragraph structure, writing genres and composition, and critical and creative thinking skills. It teaches kids how to think, inquire, imagine and explore, and then it teaches them how to put that thinking into words.

The Incite to Write program never loses sight of the fact that writing and speaking are powerful tools for self-expression. The goal is for each student to become a strong communicator capable of authentically expressing his or her own unique voice.

Who is Incite to Write for?
  • Elementary and Middle School Students who:
  • love writing but desire an accelerated program
  • hate writing, struggle with writing, or find writing boring
  • scared to write or pick up a pencil
  • need an easy-to-understand yet sophisticated writing curriculum
  • need to address learning gaps
  • didn’t get it the first time
  • English Language Learners
  • kids who are homeschooled, unschooled or engaged in alternative education
A Note to Parents: Does your child struggle with writing?
According to the Nation’s Report Card, last year over 70% of students tested in grades 8 and 12 scored below proficiency in writing. If your child struggles with writing, chances are it’s a thinking problem more than a writing problem. Good writing skills depend upon good critical and creative thinking skills. When a student writes 3 sentences, stares at the ceiling and complains, “I can’t think of anything else to write”, that is a thinking problem, not a writing problem. The mechanics of writing are easy to master, just like the multiplication tables, but it is the thinking component of writing that makes it a high-level skill and one of the most difficult to master.

The good news is that critical and creative thinking skills are fun to teach and fun to learn. The Incite To Write program stimulates children’s thinking skills as they learn to master the art of inquiry. Strategies encourage them to explore, imagine, analyze and observe, and to take ownership of their thinking process. By the time students sit down to write, they are eager to pick up a pencil because they have so much to say. After all, that is the main purpose of writing to begin with, so it is no wonder kids stress over it if they have nothing to communicate or express.

With its emphasis on critical and creative thinking skills, Incite to Write has helped thousands of students over the past 18 years overcome their fear of writing and become confident in both written and spoken English. Students have learned to use the process of inquiry to sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills, and to become observant, curious and responsible participants in their education.

Summer 2017

IMG_060 Summer is a good time to remember that writing is an art form, not just an academic subject. Kids deserve a break from academics, so in the summer, emphasize the creative side of writing. Have an "Imagine Hour" after sports or physical activities or when it's just too hot to do anything but sit around.

Sitting under a big shade tree with a bucket of cold water for hot and tired feet is a great set-up for writing - free from the distractions of TV and video games inside the house. Outside there are no walls, and a whole lot of life is happening every minute - just by looking down at the world of insects, or looking up and seeing the passing clouds, not to mention everything that can be seen and heard in between.

Stories are great vehicles for the imagination. They can be short ones or a long story that is continued over the whole summer. Every story has a who and where - so suggest interesting characters or animals that the story can be about to help get your kids started, or suggest an exotic or strange location, like a new planet in outer space, inside a gigantic ant tunnel, or on a melting ice cap in Alaska. Have a bag filled with interesting objects nearby, so whenever your kids get stuck in their writing, they can draw an object from the bag to give them ideas.


Visit my new program, Storytellers & Writers, an after school dual language program that combines the Incite to Write strategies with storytelling.


INCITE TO WRITE teaches students how to be powerful communicators in written and spoken English. The writing program consists of four modules: - Writing Foundation: Building Paragraphs;
- Grammar & Descriptive Language;
- Narrative Writing;
- Explanatory & Opinion Writing.

Each module contains active and fun strategies designed to develop a student's critical and creative thinking skills as well as self-confidence in the writing process. Parents may also purchase Get It Right! units for individualized, one-on-one instruction with an Incite to Write tutor.

The Incite to Write Curriculum aligns with Common Core State Standards: Language Arts and addresses Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language.

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