Yes, there are a number of activities in the Essentials Reader program designed to build students' composition skills and further strengthen their comprehension of the Essentials Reader texts. The Essentials Reader Teacher's Guide provides ideas for creative writing projects based on the texts students are reading in the Essentials Reader, as well as other guided composition activities. The Student Activity Book provides students with worksheets used in many of the pre-writing activities, such as graphic organizers and keyword outlines.
The Essentials Reader materials do not provide a complete, structured composition program that will teach students how to write five paragraph essays and other longer texts, but it will prepare students to go on to write more in-depth pieces. The pre-writing activities provide students with crucial skills that they will be able to build on later in their education. The open-ended creative writing prompts allow students to write responses at the level appropriate for each student. Since the Essentials Reader is designed primarily to meet the needs of older struggling readers, the composition activities are designed to be flexible so that struggling readers and writers can work from their current ability level and systematically build new skills.