I am a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with a master's in reading and literacy and an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development. My students regularly score higher on reading and writing tests regardless of the format of the tests. Teaching students to write formally for academic purpose can be tricky. Setting the expectation that they can and will do it is not impossible. This SMART notebook file walks students through important points of good writing - academic writing and gives them examples and expectations to guide their writing.