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Inspiration Software and Zaner-Bloser Collaborate to Develop Visual Learning Tools to Strengthen Student Writing Skills

Posted Jan 11, 2006
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Inspiration Software and Zaner-Bloser have announced a joint effort to develop graphic organizer templates to help students strengthen their writing skills. Designed to support the writing process instruction in Zaner-Bloser's Strategies for Writers, the 72 Inspiration and Kidspiration templates can be used by students to generate ideas and organize their writing. Combined with Zaner-Bloser's approach to improving writing skills, the graphic organizers help students take writing to the next level by allowing them to systematically and confidently plan and communicate ideas, the announcement states.

With a set of graphic organizers developed for each textbook in Strategies for Writers, teachers have for integrating visual learning into writing process instruction in grades 1-8. The graphic organizer templates for Strategies for Writers, Levels A-E (Grades 1-5), were created in Kidspiration, Inspiration's visual learning tool for younger students. Elementary students can build writing skills by expressing themselves visually and building connections among pictures, words, and meanings.

Created in Inspiration, the graphic organizer templates for Strategies for Writers, Level F-H (Grades 6-8), help students plan and improve their writing proficiency in four writing modes—narrative, descriptive, expository, persuasive—and in test writing, according to the announcement.

Zaner-Bloser offers the templates on CD-ROM with the purchase of Strategies for Writers. Existing Strategies for Writers customers will receive a complimentary CD-ROM. These templates can also be downloaded from To use the templates, Inspiration 7.6 or Kidspiration 2.0 or higher must be installed. Free 30-day trials of both visual learning software tools will be available on the CD-ROM and at

Source: Inspiration Software, Inc.,

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