The Writing Rope: A Framework for Explicit Writing Instruction in All Subjects (Paperback)

The Writing Rope: A Framework for Explicit Writing Instruction in All Subjects By Joan Sedita, Jan Hasbrouck (Foreword by) Cover Image

The Writing Rope: A Framework for Explicit Writing Instruction in All Subjects (Paperback)

By Joan Sedita, Jan Hasbrouck (Foreword by)


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Writing is a task as complex and multifaceted as reading--but it's often taught as a single skill. Discover how to plan and deliver comprehensive, explicit, and evidence-based writing instruction with this groundbreaking book, aligned with IDA's Structured Literacy approach and based on the latest research.

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.

Perfect for professional development, this invaluable planning guide will help teachers apply the science of reading to the skill of writing--and help students master a critically important aspect of literacy.


  • Learn the fundamentals of effective writing instruction. Get research-based background knowledge about writing development, the five components of the Writing Rope framework, the role of fluent transcription skills in proficient writing, and the intentional choices proficient writers make about writing craft.
  • Apply evidence-based practices in the classroom. Teach essential skills all students must learn to become proficient writers, focusing on critical thinking strategies for generating ideas and gathering information before writing, strategies for each stage of the writing process, syntactic awareness and sentence writing, paragraph writing, and skillful structuring of different types of text.
  • Help students "write to learn." Teach students how to use writing to enhance their learning across different content areas. Learn how to plan effective writing assignments in different content areas, and explicitly teach students skills for summarizing texts and writing about narrative and expository text.
PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Apply the Writing Rope framework to support your students' writing skills with classroom activities, Connect to Your Classroom questions, suggestions for scaffolding, a Writing Assignment Guide to use with any grade or content area, and 40+ reproducible instructional resources for students and teachers.
Joan Sedita, M.Ed., is the Founder and President of Keys to Literacy, which specializes in providing professional development for literacy across the United States. She worked at the Landmark School for students with learning disabilities from 1975 to 1998. She was the lead trainer in Massachusetts for Reading First and a national LETRS trainer and author. At Keys to Literacy, she develops professional development programs, books, and online courses that focus on reading and writing instruction for all grades. Joan received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and her Master of Education degree in reading from Harvard University. Jan Hasbrouck, Ph.D., is a leading researcher, educational consultant, and author who works with schools in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Hasbrouck worked as a reading specialist and coach for 15 years and later became a professor. Her research in reading fluency, academic assessment and interventions, and instructional coaching has been widely published. She is the author and coauthor of several books, curriculum materials, and assessment tools. She continues to collaborate with researchers on projects related to reading assessment and intervention.
Product Details ISBN: 9781681255897
ISBN-10: 1681255898
Publisher: Brookes Publishing Company
Publication Date: August 12th, 2022
Pages: 248
Language: English