Focus on Writing

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focus on writing

Focus on Writing is an academic writing program that provides students with essential tools to master not only the key steps in the writing process but also the grammatical structures, lexical knowledge and rhetorical modes essential for academic writing. This five-level series progresses with students as they grow in confidence and ability-from sentence level (Book 1) through paragraphs (Books 1-3) and essays (Books 3-5). Each unit leads writers step-by-step through the process of prewriting, writing a first draft, revising, and editing before producing a final draft. Not only do students write an entire paragraph or essay in each unit, they are also given plenty of practice at the sentence and word levels.


  • focus on common organizational structures such as narrative, description, opinion, persuasion, compare-contrast, problem-solution and cause-effect
  • high-interest readings and a choice of writing assignments that provide a springboard for students' writing
  • grammar-presentation and practice opportunities that are correlated to those in Focus on Writing and that clarify the connections between grammar and writing
  • lessons and exercises that teach students how to use word forms, collocations, idioms, compounds, descriptive details, phrasal verbs and other aspects of vocabulary in their writing
  • revision and editing checklists for each writing assignment, to help students rewrite and polish their first drafts
  • ProofWriter™, an online writing-assessment tool from ETS, which provides students with immediate, individualized feedback on grammar, usage, style and mechanics