In this program there is not a continuous writing program where the kids are practicing the standards consistently (Opinion, Narratives, etc.). Because I teach 4th grade, all I've taught so far since August has been Informative due to the nature of the workshop. There are many writing genres that must be taught in this grade level for the year. One of my biggest issues I've had in the program is not enough time to focus on becoming better writers in the different genres. We go weeks before we get to writing lessons. When we get to those lessons, it's for a week and then we move right back to reading texts again. When we do write that paragraph towards the end of the week we are working on writing, it's so heavily scaffolded, that trying to get a true grade from that in itself is nil. How do others incorporate more genres into writing and get true writing grades? I have a touchstone coming up next week on persuasive writing and we haven't even and won't even touch on that. Yes, I could try in my content area (Soc. St- However, even that's difficult because there's only 45 minutes allotted to that). Yes, we do have them complete sentence frames every day, but that's nowhere near getting them to write a full paragraph the way they need to write.