FAQ

Weekly Writer subscriptions begin at $500 per user per year. Volume pricing for as few as 3 users starts at $350 per user per year.

Weekly Writer contains 36 Weeks of lessons for grade levels Kindergarten through Eighth. Each week contains 5 elements, something you can use each day of class for the entire school year. Inside of those lessons you will find video lessons modeling the process of writing and teaching writing along with conventions, application lessons, reading comprehension and writing, source and comparative text writing, cross-curricular writing, and hours of professional development.
Weekly Writer is the premier product of Virtual Village Classroom. It is a 36-week online Writing Program designed to make students better writers, readers and critical thinkers. It is developed by Darren Butler, an author of young adult novels and a writing specialist.
Each subscriber has access to all grade levels Kindergarten through Eighth. This allows teachers to utilize higher grade levels to challenge students and lower grade levels for intervention.   Each grade level comes with 36 weeks of lessons including the “Let’s Write” video segment, Conventions, Application, RIP & Write and a Source Writing lesson .   We also provide you with a monthly professional development update called “Connections.”
Simply login to our website with your username and password provided, click on “My Subscriptions” and access your subscriptions through your browser.
A subscription lasts one calendar year from purchase. Pricing begins at $350 per subscriber per year.
Yes. In each week of lessons, we provide assessment tools for the teachers to utilize as well as answer keys to the students’ questions. We also provide information on how to use student-driven rubrics to assess their students’ progress.   Currently, Weekly Writer does not have a self-contained learning management system for grading.
Yes. Each week provides additional passages for students to analyze and write follow-up paragraphs.
Yes. Our RIP & Write segments connect the importance of reading comprehension and writing through cross-curricular, fiction and non-fiction passages paired with challenging questions and Darren Butler’s specialized RIP (Read, Interpret, Predict) reading comprehension method.
Author and writing specialist Darren Butler Butler models the writing process for students, showing them how to brainstorm, plan, write, and revise & edit each piece of writing while showing teachers effective methods of communicating every mode of writing.
Yes. Weekly Writer contains passages, prompts, and content that challenges your students to write in every subject.
Yes. Every lesson is aligned with particular standards, which are listed for you in your teacher’s guide. If your school is not aligned with common core standards, you can still utilize the program just as effectively.
Each collective of subscribers is assigned a team leader. The team leader will be responsible for communicating any issues experienced by subscribers with Virtual Village Classroom. You can always expect a response from our team within 24 hours. We also work closely with your school’s IT department when necessary. For general questions, contact info@vvclassroom.com.   As soon as you subscribe, your team leader will be guided through a tech check. This is where we assure that all of the teachers’ devices meet the minimum requirements and that each user can expect an optimal experience accessing all of the content offered in Weekly Writer.
If for any reason you cannot read your content, please refer to the minimum requirements we’ve listed in this column.   We recommend using Google Chrome as your browser when accessing Weekly Writer.   If problems persist, notify your team leader.
The most common issues with viewing a Weekly Writer video come from poor internet connection. Allow your video to load by clicking play on the video window and immediately pressing pause. The video will be loading in the background.   If your internet connection seems to be working fine, make sure your flash player is up to date on your computer. You can check this here: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html   We recommend using Google Chrome as your browser when accessing Weekly Writer.   If problems persist, notify your team leader.
In each publication you will see a Virtual Village Flip App Code Generator. This code generator allows you to create an access code to give to your students. You control which publication and which pages your students can access and what window of days they have to access to the content. Once you’ve generated the access code, have your students copy it and type it into our VVFlip App found in the Android and iOS App Stores.   If your student does not have access to a tablet or smart phone, they can utilize our VVFlip widget found on our homepage. This widget does not require the user to be logged in and is as easy to use as the App.
Weekly Writer is great for small groups and individualized learning environments. The publication is easy to navigate for a student on his or her own under the supervision of the subscriber, or they can utilize our Virtual Village Flip App. This allows your students to access the publication at home and utilize class time for one-on-one instruction.
Since Weekly Writer is accessible through your browser, you just need a projector or large enough screen to show it to your classroom. Since our weekly video is such a key component to our product, we recommend using external speakers on your computer.
Weekly Writer is a simple, easy-to-use publication that you can access through any internet-enabled device meeting the minimum requirements. Simply login to our website with your username and password provided, click on “My Subscriptions” and access your subscriptions through your browser.   Weekly Writer is cloud-based, so there is no software to install or special technology necessary to use it. Our publications stream through a flash-based document reader that contains interactive elements, allowing the user to navigate the publication freely and watch videos from within the document. We have also included printable PDF documents to be used along side the digital publications.
Computer Memory: 512 KB (lower than 512KB memory will have difficulty processing adequate video streaming)   Operating Systems: Windows XP (PC) or OS X Snow Leopard (Mac) Android 3.0 and iOS 5 for mobile users   Modem Speed: 3 Mbps. This is a standard download speed for DSL users. Subscribers using DSL can expect loading times up to 30-45 seconds for publications to load and 2 minutes for video to load. Test your download speed here: http://www.speedtest.net/   Internet Browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Google Chrome *Using Firefox often contains issues with compatible flash components and video streaming. We do not recommend it when using our products.   Up-to-date Adobe Flash Player for video and page loading. Check your version of Flash here: http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player.html
Yes. “Connections” is a monthly professional development update that uses current events and additional content to help teacher’s sharpen their skills in teaching writing.
Our writing program works very well with other programs. Weekly Writer is first and foremost a resource for teachers to be utilized. We equip you with plenty of tools to use however you’d like while guiding you towards suggested methods. This makes our program flexible, unlike many of the writing programs on the market currently.
Yes, view our pricing page to see your options for having Mr. Butler come to your school and talk to your faculty about using Weekly Writer.   Mr. Butler is also available for a virtual session through a best practices webinar.
No, you do not. We have written the content to be distributed in succession throughout the school year, so we do believe that it is best to teach it chronologically, but Weekly Writer is first and foremost a resource, not a mandatory curriculum. You as the teacher have the right use it how you wish, so content stands alone week to week, but also serves well as year-long curriculum.