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

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Judith C Hochman, Natalie Wexler, Doug Lemov

  • The Writing Revolution
  • The Writing Revolution
    Judith Hochman provides a clear method of instruction for all subjects & grades that can turn weak writers into strong communicators

312 pages
ISBN: 9781119364917

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 organisational and study skills
  • Enhance speaking abilities
  • Develop analytical capabilities

The Writing Revolution 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.

While we need more research on how to teach writing effectively, the research that has been done supports TWR’s approach: deliberate practice of specific techniques, along with targeted feedback. TWR offers a clear, coherent method of instruction for any subject or grade level that turns struggling writers into strong communicators, deepens their understanding of content, and develops their analytical abilities.

Table of Contents


About the Author



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