Writing Folder: New Tools for Writing Success


The Shurley English Writing Folder will help your students move through the writing process with ease. This foldout, four-pocket folder keeps students organized with a dedicated space for their prewriting, rough draft, revised draft, and edited paper. It is packed with handy references, checklists, and tips to ensure students have exactly what they need to produce a polished piece of writing.

The Shurley English Writing Folder…

  • helps students learn all the steps of the writing process, until it becomes second nature.

  • keeps the most important writing strategies and processes front and center during writing time.

  • provides detailed graphic organizers so students can organize their ideas logically.

  • teaches students how to revise and edit their own writing in a step-by-step manner.

  • develops students’ vocabulary in order to empower them with word choice that is both deep and wide.

  • hones students’ use of accurate academic language in the field of writing.

  • builds confidence and competence as students review each panel systematically throughout the year.

The Writing Folder is rich with content! It provides students quick access to the following reference tools:

  • Graphic organizers

  • Sentence outlines

  • Transition aids

  • Revision strategy checklists

  • Sentence pattern examples

  • Writing process checklists

  • Figurative language definitions and examples

  • Editing tools

  • Homonym lists

  • Capitalization/Punctuation rules with examples

  • Comma usage rules with examples

  • Compound sentence formulas

  • Complex sentence formulas

  • Quotation mark rules and examples

Shurley English Writing Folder:  © Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc.

Shurley English Writing Folder: © Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc.

Shurley English Writing Folder:  ©Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc.

Shurley English Writing Folder: ©Shurley Instructional Materials, Inc.


Order today!

To add the Shurley English Writing Folder to your ELA classroom, simply call with your credit card, email your School Purchase Order, or visit our online store today!

Writing Folder: 978-1-58561-425-7

Writing Folder (10 pack ): 978-1-58561-426-4

Recommended for Shurley English Levels 3-8. Size: 9“ x 12”

Study Skills: Developing good habits that last a lifetime

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I simply cannot wait until spring to get my home and office in order; my brain won’t allow it!  Both of these spaces need a major overhaul.  (Trust me!  With four grown-ups and a grandchild in the house, I often feel like I need professional help from someone like Marie Kondo.)

For me, the process of organization begins with sorting all the stuff that needs to be put away or filed.   Since I know that I’m the one that will have to retrieve the items later, I have to do the job all by myself!  Yes, I have designated storage areas for things like tax receipts, important documents, Christmas decorations, and so on and so forth.  It just seems as though I delay putting this stuff away until I can’t stand to see it any longer! 

Even though I dread the time it takes to get organized, for some strange reason, I wind up feeling greatly satisfied when everything is tucked away and in its place.  These feelings remind me of the Shurley English Study Skills lessons centered on a character named Quigley.  Quigley is a guy that seems to learn life lessons the hard way, and I can personally relate to the stories used to describe him when he is disorganized and when he’s not.

The Study Skills lessons focus on the steps Quigley must learn to get organized, listen, and use his time wisely.  (There is even a Study Skills Jingle to help Quigley on his journey!) These lessons teach important life skills and are applicable to everyone, including me!  Here’s a glimpse at what’s involved…

How to Get Organized: 

1. Write it down! Keep an assignment notebook to record assignments, page numbers and due dates.

2. Put it away! When you put things away, always put them in the same place.  If you know where something goes before you put it away, you will already know where it is when you need it again.

3. Organize your space! Each time you put something in your desk, backpack, or locker, put it exactly where it goes.  Avoid “stuffing” things in at random.  Start today by having a complete clean-out and fix-up.

4. Divide and conquer! Keep each subject in a separate folder so that you can find papers easily.  Put all folders and notebooks on one side of your desk, and put all textbooks on the other side.  Small items should be kept in the front in a zippered bag.

5. Keep it up! Staying organized is easy if you take just a few minutes every day to reorganize.  If you don’t do it every day, you will get unorganized in no time.


How to Become a Better Listener:

1. Listen carefully! Look directly at the speaker.  Listen to every word, and focus your mind on what the speaker is saying.  Don’t fidget.  Hearing happens in your ears, but listening happens in your brain.

2. Think about it! Think about what the speaker is saying.  Does it make sense?  Do you agree or disagree with the speaker’s opinion?  Can you repeat what the speaker said, but in your own words?

3.  Ask questions! Try to understand what the speaker is saying.  When the speaker says something you don’t understand, raise your hand and ask the speaker to explain.

4. Write it down! Write down anything that you think you might forget.  Write down important information like dates, times, addresses, and so on.  Also, write down questions to ask the speaker.

How to Use Your Time Wisely:

1. Plan ahead! If you know you won’t have time to do something later, do it now!  If you don’t have time now, plan to do it at a definite time, not just “later.”

2. Prioritize! “Prioritize” is just a fancy word that means “do the most important thing first.”  When that is finished, do the next most important thing.

3. Make a schedule! Write down all of the things you have to do.  Write down the time and the day you will do them.  Check things off as you finish them.

4. Think about homework before you leave school! Check your assignment folder and decide what you need to take home.  Put books and folders you will need in your book bag.  At home, put your finished homework in your bag, and you will always have it ready to take to school.

5.  Schedule a time and place to study! Think about your family’s routine and decide on a good study time away from distractions like TV and conversations.  Have all the supplies you will need at your study area.  Concentrate on what you are doing.  Keep your eyes on your work and your pencil moving until you’ve finished the task at hand.


Do you need a comprehensive Study Skills lesson plan? Don't worry, Shurley English has you covered! Simply go to the Unit Studies Section in the back of your Shurley English book and check it out! Our Study Skills Unit is jammed packed with ideas to help the struggling, organizationally challenged students in your class.


Another Tool to Help Keep Your Students Organized

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All of us have students in our class who need a little extra nudge to keep their work area organized. (I have a whole post dedicated to teaching study skills here.) One of THE best tools that I have found to aid in the quest to stay organized is to have student helpers. These student helpers can monitor and politely remind others in their group to keep their area in order. Here's a quick way to utilize your student helpers with The Desk Check.

The Desk Check

1. Initiate a weekly or daily desk check.

2. Train a few students as desk checkers to monitor the organization of each student's work area. 

3. Perform a desk check. You can do this task before school, during the day, or after school. Simply choose whatever works best for you and your students. 

4. If there is a problem with any desk, the checker should call you to do a more thorough check.

Remember, organization is a process. The idea is to identify and support those students that need a little extra nudge. After all, organization is a life-skill that will follow your students into their future college and career endeavors.  Once mastered, these learned abilities will generate guidelines for your students to utilize throughout their home, school, and work environments.  

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Cindy Goeden

Cindy Goeden has enjoyed being involved with Shurley English for the last sixteen of her twenty-six years in the field of education.  Working with various levels of students in elementary, junior, and high schools, in both the private and public arenas, Cindy surely is thankful for the providential day that she was introduced to Shurley English, which changed forever her approach to Language Arts instruction. That has led to her current job of having the joy of sharing about Shurley with other educators.  Her love of learning has prodded her to earn over two hundred and twenty hours, which includes two bachelor degrees in education.


Cindy currently lives with her husband, Donald, in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she enjoys puttering in her flowers, changing up her décor with the seasons, and occasionally getting out and traveling with Donald to either explore a new beach or view historic sights and gardens.