Writing Fluency Intervention


Looking for a writing fluency intervention for your special education or RTI groups? The Power Writing Intervention has 365 Common Core aligned writing prompts and fluency charts! Check out the preview to learn more.


Looking for a writing fluency intervention for your writing RTI or special education group? The Power Writing Intervention is easy-to-use intervention program that works well as a writing warm-up for groups and is designed for easy progress-monitoring!

Here’s how it works. Each day, students set a goal for how many words they want to try to write in two or four minutes. Then you choose a prompt from the list below (or come up with one of your own!), give students some time to think about what they want to write, start a timer, and ask students to write as much as they can until time is up. At the end, each student counts up how many words they wrote and compares the words they wrote against their goal for the day. Then students can quickly mark the number of words they wrote on their fluency graph and see their growth.

When it comes time for IEPs or progress reports, you can use the graphs as data to show students, and their families, how much progress they have made. Note that students should only count real words—as in words that they recorded at least some sounds for. If a student just wrote a scribble, they don’t get to count it as a word but if they wrote “lk” for look, it counts!

Typical writing fluency rates are about ten words a minute for 4th grade, nine words a minute for 3rd grade, and six words a minute for second grade (Gansle et al., 2006; Graham et al., 1998). So students should be working towards those goals—not 100 words a minute! You can also take notes on students’ writing behaviors and track those over time for IEP goals and progress monitoring.

The writing intervention itself is aligned with the third, fourth, and fifth grade Common Core Standards of: “Write routinely over extended time frames…and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences” (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.10; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.10; and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.10).

The writing prompts are also Common Core aligned. In the Common Core, students are asked to write opinion pieces, write informative/explanatory texts, and to write narratives. To build these skills, we have included 100 opinion or persuasive writing prompts, 100 informative/explanatory writing prompts, and 100 narrative writing prompts. You can choose what writing skills you want students to practice during power writing! If you just want silly prompts or getting to know you prompts, we also have those with 65 would you rather and ice breaker writing prompts. This packet includes a total of 365 writing prompts, as well as student writing pages and student fluency charts.

Need More Interventions?

Need IEP Writing Resources?

  • Check out the IEP Success Kits! Each kit includes informal assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as present levels (PLOPs or PLAAFPs) templates and an IEP goal bank!

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