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Understanding the Product

Draft:Builder 6 Product Demonstration

Watch a 5-minute product demonstration and find answers to your questions
*Only includes part of the full product demonstration

State Standards

Product Story: Co:Writer® Leads to Draft:Builder

Don Johnston Incorporated had heard from teachers that there was a need for a tool to help students through the writing process. One group did a study that focused on Co:Writer. In general, observers found that the only students that did not benefit from Co:Writer immediately were the students who were struggling with identifying what they wanted to write and organizing their thoughts. The search began for a tool that would help students with this challenge. (PDF)

Technology & Learning Magazine

Read the SOLO Literacy Suite product review featured in the May 2007 issue.

Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine

Read the article titled “Writing Tools for Differentiating Instruction” written by Sean J. Smith, Kylie Stewart and Diana Greer. (PDF)

Research & Case Studies

Read research that supports Draft:Builder features.

Write On! Camp Video

Watch a video of Fairfax County, Virginia implementing SOLO during a summer writing camp.

Learning to Use the Product

Train-in-30 Tutorial

Train your teachers in just 30 minutes (really!) with this tutorial. This is your best tutorial to get teachers up and running quickly. Includes Skills Checklist. (PDF)

Show-Me-How Video Tutorials

Show-Me-How video tutorials demonstrate key Co:Writer 6 functions in less than a minute each.

Don Johnston’s FREE Implementation Framework

Melds proven implementation strategies with some fundamental principles of change!

Testing Accommodations

How to use Draft:Builder for your students’ assessments.

Student Success Stories Form

Fill out Student Success Stories form to track progress (2 pgs PDF)


Quick Card

Quickly reference common Draft:Builder features with this Quick Card. (PDF)

Don Johnston Professional Development Designed Just for You!

Get your staff up and running quickly with Don Johnston’s proven training methods. Our trainings are available to fit your schedule. Don Johnston Professional Services has trained thousands of educators, so you can feel confident that your initiative will launch successfully.

Extras and Support

Using Student Files

Find out how Draft:Builder 6 can use student files. (PDF)

Documentation and Support

Download product updates and manuals. Find answers to common technical support questions.


Draft:Builder Templates are available for a wide range of writing tasks including: essay writing, book reports, and even researching — Over 50 are available to download.
Here is a list of the Draft:Builder templates. (PDF 3.8 MB)

SOLO Writing Coach

SOLO Writing Coach is a scientifically-proven writing intervention kit used in conjunction with the SOLO Literacy Suite.

How to Use Passwords

Documents the default passwords to log into the program. (PDF)

Sample of Draft:Builder 6 Parents Letter

CD Label for Unlimited Site License Customers

Save Network Ready Files

How to Use Draft:Builder 6 on Your Network (PDF)

Software Requirements

Check to make sure your computers and operating system will run Draft:Builder.

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