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

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

Judith C. Hochman, Natalie Wexler, Doug Lemov (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-119-36497-9 July 2017 Jossey-Bass 304 Pages

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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.

 

Acknowledgments vii

About the Authors ix

Foreword xi
Doug Lemov

Introduction: How to Lead a Writing Revolution in Your Classroom—and Why You Need One 1

1 Sentences: The Basic Building Blocks of Writing 23

2 Sentence Expansion and Note-Taking: Getting Students to Process What They’ve Read 55

3 One Step at a Time: Why Students Need to Plan Before They Write 69

4 First Steps in Planning: The Single-Paragraph Outline 83

5 Putting Flesh on the Bones: Revising a Draft 111

6 Summarizing: Mining Texts for the Essentials 138

7 Moving on to Compositions: The Multiple-Paragraph Outline 152

8 Take a Stand: Writing Opinion, Pro-Con, and Argumentative Essays 179

9 A Gauge and a Guide: Assessing Students’ Writing 204

10 Putting the Revolution Into Practice: Combining Our Sequence With Your Judgment 218

Appendixes 235

A. Expository Writing Terms 237

B. Abbreviations and Symbols 239

C. Listening Evaluation Checklist 240

D. Proofreading Symbols 241

E. Revise and Edit Checklist 242

F. Research Plan Time Sequence Sheet 243

G. Sample Pacing Guide (Grade 3) 244

H. Sample Pacing Guide (Grades 7–12) 246

I. Single-Paragraph Outline 247

J. Summary Sentence 248

K. Combined Outline 249

L. Transition Outline (2 Paragraphs) 250

M. Transition Outline (3 Paragraphs) 251

N. Single-Paragraph Outline (Book Report) 252

O. Multiple-Paragraph Outline (3 Paragraphs) 253

P. Multiple-Paragraph Outline (4 Paragraphs) 254

Q. Multiple-Paragraph Outline (5 Paragraphs) 255

R. Multiple-Paragraph Outline (Book Report) 256

Glossary 257

Index 265