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

In recent years, with the advent of the Common Core, teachers at almost all grade levels have been expected to have students write not just narratives but also informative and argumentative essays. To date, there’s been little reliable research-backed guidance on how to teach students those skills. The writing standards in the Common Core or similar state standards tell teachers where their students should end up, but what teachers really need is a road map that tells them how to get there. The Writing Revolution (TWR) offers just such a road map. It provides a clear, coherent, evidence-based method of instruction that you can use no matter what subject or grade level you teach. This method, 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 individual needs and provides them with targeted feedback. Insurmountable as the challenges faced by many students may seem, TWR can make a dramatic difference. You will learn how to help your students:

  • Identify comprehension gaps
  • 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 preexisting 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. The TWR method lets students in on the secret. It breaks the writing process down into manageable chunks and then has students practice the chunks they need, repeatedly, while also learning content. Using these easy to follow and proven steps, YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

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Table of Contents


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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


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




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