Stratford School’s approach to teaching composition is similar to the way students learn math. 

Beginning with the building blocks of proper usage, comprehension, and grammar, students learn to plan their written projects before putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

In this 3rd grade lesson, students are challenged to construct topic sentences, then combine those sentences to make an introductory paragraph that sums up the material to come. Working with a partner, each student gets feedback on their work, and then presents their ideas to the entire class. 

This process of inviting critique and commentary in real time helps students become comfortable with the concept of editing and refining their writing until they are satisfied with the end result.