Write from the Beginning...and Beyond
TEACH Writing, Rather than just ASSIGN it
Give your students the tools they need to be better thinkers, writers and communicators. Write from the Beginning...and Beyond is a comprehensive writing program that is proven to increase writing skills across the curriculum.
Case Studies & Testimonials
Writing is thinking. When students can write effectively, we know that means they are learning and able to express what they know.
Jane Sattari, Principal
Kenmore Elementary School
Our scope and sequence give us the WHAT we need to teach, but Write from the Beginning is the HOW.
Hanan Thornton, Asst Superintendent of Educational Services
Magnolia School District
As much as Thinking Maps and Write from the Beginning...and Beyond provide structure for the students, they provide the same structure and support for teachers.
Savannah Haye, Language Arts Instructional Coach
If you're interested in ensuring your students can learn AND apply 21st Century Thinking Skills, then Thinking Maps and Write from the Beginning and Beyond are imperative. These tools will not only bolster your skillset, they'll provide you with realtime tools for teaching, assessing & observing students in the application...
Rachelle J, Educator
Jefferson County School District
Thinking Maps training has transformed my teaching! It really gets down to the basics of teaching writing and gives you a different perspective. It brings the fun back into teaching writing!
Katie H, Educator
Cherry Creek School District
Write from the Beginning...and Beyond is exactly what you need if you feel like you are not a good writing teacher. Actually, even if you think you are, this training is amazing. I now have so much more confidence to help my students become wonderful writers!
Leigh S, Educator
Dekalb County School District
Writing is where a lot of EL students struggle most. Path to Proficiency and Write from the Beginning have given us strategies that are very easy to integrate in both languages. It’s provided an opportunity to really hone writing skills and help our students make that jump.
Melanie Pagliaro, Principal
Desert Rose Elementary
Comprehensive & Developmental
About Write from the Beginning...and Beyond
Write from the Beginning...and Beyond (WFBB) is a whole-school, comprehensive writing program that leverages Thinking Maps to build a strong foundation for writing across all genres and content areas. It can be used as a stand-alone writing program or alongside a traditional ELA and writing curriculum.
- Helps students develop their ideas and organize their thinking prior to writing.
- Develops critical and creative thinking skills that are foundational to good writing.
- Prepares students for effective written response for both literary and informational text.
- Develops critical writing and communication skills necessary for success in college and the workforce.
- Builds a whole-school culture for effective writing with a vertically aligned, developmentally appropriate curriculum.
Planning Your Writing Journey
Write from the Beginning...and Beyond is a whole-school program that starts with training your teaching staff. Schools must complete the foundational Thinking Maps training and be active Thinking Maps users before progressing to WFBB.
When implementing WFBB, all schools start with Setting the Stage, our foundational module. Your Thinking Maps Representative can help you plan your writing journey.Training Options Find Your Rep
Pencil, Paper & Technology
Write from the Beginning…and Beyond and TMLC
You’ll find additional tools and support for writing in the Thinking Maps Learning Community (TMLC), including:
Specialized Flow Maps and a Writing Window within Map Builder to support the writing process.
Professional development modules that support writing, ELA instruction, and more.
Additional resources, lesson planning ideas and ready-to use Map Builder exercises.
Examples of Maps used for writing instruction in the Map Gallery.
CONTINUE YOUR JOURNEY
Advanced Training Options
Your initial Thinking Maps Training is just the beginning of your journey!
We offer advanced courses to build the capacity of your staff and maximize the impact of Thinking Maps.
Build a data-driven strategic plan to meet the needs of your teachers and students.
Improve writing across the curriculum with brain-based strategies for all writing genres.
Meet the needs of English Learners (ELs) and students with language-based learning challenges.