Joan Sedita’s innovative Writing Rope weaves multiple skills and strategies into five fundamentals of a comprehensive writing curriculum: critical thinking, syntax (sentences), text structure, writing craft, and transcription (spelling and handwriting). Teachers of Grades 4-8 will get crystal-clear guidelines that demystify the process of helping students learn to write and write to learn across academic content areas. And with dozens of included templates, handouts, and other resources-available for download online-teachers will have all the tools they need to design and deliver explicit, high-quality writing instruction.

The Writing Rope

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

“HELP! My Students Can’t Write!”

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

The Writing Revolution

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. 

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** William Van Cleave – Writing Matters 

Writing Matters presents grammar in a systematic, sequential, and structured manner. Students have opportunities to learn about parts of speech through a variety of activities that let them see these components as tools that can be manipulated in sentence construction. Sentence writing is the ultimate application of this process.


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IEW’s unique approach provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity. Their core writing programme is supported by materials for reading, grammar, spelling, literature, poetry, public speaking and more. IEWs Structure and Style® writing method will give you the ability to fill your student’s toolbox with confidence-building tools, laying the groundwork for a lifetime of excellent writing.

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Writing with Ease  

In Writing with Ease, Susan Wise Bauer lays out an alternative plan for teaching writing, one that combines the best elements of old-fashioned writing instruction with innovative new educational methods. The Complete Writer workbooks (each sold separately) complement this plan with lessons, student worksheets, and teacher instructions for every day of writing instruction. Each covers one year of study.

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Writing and Rhetoric Series 

The Writing & Rhetoric series method employs fluent reading, careful listening, models for imitation, and progressive steps. It assumes that students learn best by reading excellent, whole-story examples of literature and by growing their skills through imitation. Each exercise is intended to impart a skill (or tool) that can be employed in all kinds of writing and speaking. The exercises are arranged from simple to more complex. What’s more, the exercises are cumulative, meaning that later exercises incorporate the skills acquired in preceding exercises. This series is a step-by-step apprenticeship in the art of writing and rhetoric.

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Handwriting and Structured Literacy books

The coloured lines and dots assist students to develop an understanding of where letters sit. Use this quality product during your explicit handwriting sessions to enable your students to develop correct permanent sound to symbol associations and automatic letter formations.



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This document was created by Sharon Scurr founder of the deb in August 2021