180 Days to Successful Writers: Lessons to Prepare Your Students for Standardized Assessments and for Life (Hardback)
  • 180 Days to Successful Writers: Lessons to Prepare Your Students for Standardized Assessments and for Life (Hardback)

180 Days to Successful Writers: Lessons to Prepare Your Students for Standardized Assessments and for Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 15/02/2006
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In today's high-stakes environment, standardized test scores determine much more than student performance. Scores are linked to school status, the amount of funding a school receives, and ultimately a teacher's job security. Which means teachers not only need to teach their students how to write well for practical purposes-they must also teach them how to write well on timed tests. Luckily, it is possible to do both using one curriculum.

This book provides teachers with a writing curriculum that prepares students for standardized writing tests while helping them develop skills for lifelong writing success. Adaptations for gifted students and for low-performing students are also provided. Finally, a way for teachers to provide direct quality writing instruction that allows them to meet testing demands in time and with confidence!

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9781412924481
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 910 g
Dimensions: 279 x 215 x 21 mm

"This book provides a clear day-by-day instructional plan, including materials, objectives, step-by-step lesson plans, references for students, graphic organizers, prompts, and writing samples." -- Sonya Campbell, M. Ed., Teacher
"The book is eminently practical and written with the kind of detail and clarity that allows every reader to move toward greater success in the teaching of writing...even under today's high pressure circumstances." -- Paul S. George, Distinguished Professor of Education
"The strategies introduced in this book have worked exceedingly well with my own students. Teachers will marvel at how their students will grow as confident, successful writers when taking this systematic approach." -- Susan Kuhn, Teacher
"I was most impressed with the extension lessons. As a teacher of gifted students, I am constantly questing well designed writing projects that encompass multiple skills and styles. (These) lessons, without modification, (are) valuable learning devices." -- Sue Gonyou, English Teacher
"Addressing the needs of students who are missing basic literacy tools while also challenging students whose abilities are more developed, this book provides a compendium of teaching ideas for students to write for multiple purposes and in multiple genres, . . . (with) innovative avenues for teachers to work collaboratively with each other in shaping a writing program that makes sense for their own classrooms." -- Jane S. Townsend, Associate Professor
"180 Days to Successful Writers is just the kind of instructional resource that teachers have been waiting for! This book provides simple, practical advice for developing an effective writing program in elementary classrooms . . . (and) a framework of step-by-step daily instruction." -- Devonne Harper, Ed.D., System-Wide Elementary Literacy Coach
"The structured lesson plan format, the use of graphic organizers, and the incorporation of the writing process are key strategies that should be utilized to promote higher levels of writing. With all of the current research on the importance of writing across the curriculum, this book is a 'must have' for educators everywhere." -- Dr. Kelley Castlin, Principal
"Donohue and Reddy . . . have provided a tested, skill-oriented program to alleviate the stress associated with teaching writing, and empower teachers with the confidence and stucture necessary for success." -- Tiffany DellaVedova, Teacher & Writing Program Coordinator
"This book demystifies the writing process with a research-based, systematic and methodical approach. It gives teachers well planned, thorough lessons that . . . will guide students and give them the critical stepping stones to become proficient, confident writers in all genres. -- Kathleen E. Huntley, M.A.Ed.
"I am so excited to have this program in written form. It has made such a difference in my students' writing abilities." -- Elizabeth Thomas, Interrelated Teacher, Special Education
"Teachers who lack a clearly articulated instructional plan for teaching writing skills will appreciate this year's worth of lessons presented in a logical, linear format." -- Curriculum Connections, Fall 2006

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