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Next Generation Learning Standards

Write on, NY!

Write on, NY! is a statewide writing initiative that promotes student writing and the Lifelong Practices of Writers. This initiative is a collaborative endeavor with New York State’s teachers, districts, educational organizations, the NYSED English Language Arts Advisory Panel, and statewide ELA and literacy professional organizations. Listed below are the Lifelong Practices for Writers, which guide the Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts.

This initiative supports English Language Learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities (SWD). Referencing the NYSED Language Progressions and Modalities can assist ELL student success and instructional planning for the teacher. It is essential to scaffold and model instruction using various strategies for all modalities of written expression where appropriate. Suggested scaffolds include sentence starters, paragraph frames, and ideas to build on students’ vocabulary. We want writing to be relevant to the students’ experiences, cultures, and interests.

For each of the following Lifelong Practices of Writers, click on the Practice to see recommendations of how this can be enacted in classrooms. As the Write on, NY! workgroup creates more resources, this website will expand. Thank you to the educators who have provided classroom examples for this initiative. 

Write on, NY! Practices and Elements (PDF Version, includes all practices and elements on one page)

think, read, speak, and listen to support writing
write often and widely in a variety of formats, using print and digital resources and tools
write for multiple purposes, including for learning and for pleasure
persevere through challenging writing tasks
enrich personal language, background knowledge, and vocabulary through writing and communicating with others
  • The reading and writing process includes language skills development.
  • Scaffolds appropriately support the language and academic needs of all learners.
  • The beliefs, motivations, and identity of writers are respected.
experiment and play with language
strengthen writing by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach
  • Clear strategies for planning, drafting, editing, and revising are modeled throughout the school.
  • Space is created for writer-to-writer collaboration and an exchange of ideas.
  • Writers adopt a drafting process that includes ongoing review, revision, and rewriting.