Step Up to Writing helps students understand the importance of each step of the writing process. Beginning writers explicitly learn and practice each phase of the writing process. As students become more advanced writers, they move back and forth between the phases, and the process becomes more fluid and automatic. Step Up to Writing provides more than 450 strategies (Kindergarten through 12th grade) to explicitly teach the three types of writing students need to master in order to be prepared for college and career. A balance of explicit, systematic instruction and time spent producing works in each of the text types makes clear to students the differences between informative/explanatory, opinion/argument, and narrative writing and hones their skills in each.