I first came up with this spelling system a few years ago when I wasn’t happy with the spelling offered through our district-adopted book series. It wasn’t rigorous (for lack of a better word!) enough for the Common Core, and there really wasn’t a writing tie-in that I liked. So, I researched and looked into many different programs such as Words Their Way, Fry High Frequency Words, Dolche Words, basal series, etc., and combined what I liked best about each of them!
I have definitely seen an improvement in my students’ writing abilities with the incorporation of the weekly paragraph. It’s also easy to differentiate for kids who are below grade level—I encourage them to begin by writing simple sentences instead
of a cohesive paragraph—and those above grade level can be challenged in many ways as well!