Disclaimer: Zaner-Bloser sent me a class set of these kits in exchange for an honest review. Though they did send them to me, the thoughts on the program below are my own and not influenced in any way by this.
The I Read to Write kits are consumable workbooks for the students to use to dive into text. There are three units in the 5th grade level, one about Space Exploration, one about the American Revolution, and another about Sports that use math. Each of the stories are highly engaging and very relevant to what my students are interested in (and what I am interested in as a teacher....hello American Revolution!!)
Here are the pros to this program:
* The Teacher's Guide is included. This is really, really awesome. While I was still able to teach them my own strategies (ie: writing the purpose of the reading and finding main idea each time), the TG gave me additional strategies specific to the story that I could incorporate.
* They are aligned to common core standards. With the CCSS being so new for everyone, having something that hits multiple standards, as well as helps get them test-ready is very welcome in my classroom.
Here are the cons to the program:
* They are consumable. While I really do love this feature, that means that I can only use them with one class of students. As a teacher, that could get very costly for me if I am purchasing a class set on my own.
* The writing portion is a bit unscaffolded for me. There are writing organizers, but I would have loved if there was some help getting the kids to actually show text evidence in their writing. This could definitely be a personal preference issue, but I would like a bit more help here in this area with my students.
The Kits are $29.95 for a set of 5, or a class set for $175. You can also request a FREE SAMPLE HERE!
If you would like more information about the I Read to Write kits, which are available in grades 2-6, you can find visit their website here.