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The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades

ISBN: 978-1-119-36491-7
312 pages
August 2017, Jossey-Bass
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"HELP! My Students Can't Write!"

Why You Need a Writing Revolution in Your Classroom and How to Lead It.

The Writing Revolution (TWR) provides a clear method of instruction that you can use no matter what subject or grade level you teach. The model, also known as The Hochman Method, has demonstrated, over and over, that it can turn weak writers into strong communicators by focusing on specific techniques that match their needs and by providing them with targeted feedback.

Insurmountable as the challenges faced by many students may seem, TWR can make a dramatic difference. And the method does more than improve writing skills. It also helps:

  • Boost reading comprehension
  • Improve organizational and study skills
  • Enhance speaking abilities
  • Develop analytical capabilities

TWR is as much a method of teaching content as it is a method of teaching writing. There's no separate writing block and no separate writing curriculum. Instead, teachers of all subjects adapt the TWR strategies and activities to their current curriculum and weave them into their content instruction.

But perhaps what's most revolutionary about the TWR method is that it takes the mystery out of learning to write well. It breaks the writing process down into manageable chunks and then has students practice the chunks they need, repeatedly, while also learning content.

 
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Foreword

Introduction

Chapter 1. Sentences: The Basic Building Blocks of Writing

Chapter 2. Sentence-Expansion and Note-Taking: Getting Students to Process What They’ve Read

Chapter 3. One Step at a Time: Why Students Need to Plan Before They Write

Chapter 4. First Steps in Planning: The Single-Paragraph Outline

Chapter 5. Putting Flesh on the Bones: Revising an Outline into a Paragraph

Chapter 6. Summarizing: Mining Texts for The Essentials

Chapter 7. Moving on to Compositions: The Multiple Paragraph Outline

Chapter 8. Take a Stand: Writing Opinion, Pro/Con, and Argumentative Essays

Chapter 9. A Gauge and a Guide: Assessing Students’ Writing

Chapter 10. Putting the Revolution Into Practice: Combining Our Sequence With Your Judgment

Appendix

A. Expository-Writing Terms

B. Symbols and Abbreviations for Outlining

C. The Listening Evaluation Checklist

D. Proofreading Symbols

E. The Revise and Edit Checklist

F. Research Plan Time Sequence Sheet

G. Diagnostic Rubric Models

H. Writing Evaluation Checklist

I. Free Writing Rubric

J. Sample Pacing Guide, Grade 3

K. Sample Pacing Guide, Grades 7–8

Glossary

References

Index

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Author Information

JUDITH C. HOCHMAN is the founder and chief academic officer of The Writing Revolution, a not-for-profit organization. She was the superintendent of the Greenburgh Graham Union Free School District; head of The Windward School in White Plains, New York; and the founder of the Windward Teacher Training Institute. Dr. Hochman is the author of numerous books and articles on the topic of writing. Visit her at thewritingrevolution.org.

Natalie Wexler is an education journalist who serves on the board of trustees of The Writing Revolution. Her articles and essays have appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. She has volunteered as a reading and writing tutor in high-poverty DC schools, and has authored three novels. She has also worked as a lawyer and a legal historian.

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