Powerful Writing Strategies for All Students
Special Education
Highly-effective, field-tested lesson plans that will help transform struggling elementary and middle school students into skilled writers
67052 978-1-55766-705-2
2008 444
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Finally—highly effective, field-tested lesson plans for the students in every elementary and middle school classroom who struggle with writing. The practical how-to follow-up to Graham and Harris's popular Writing Better, this book is just what K–8 educators need to advance all students' writing skills, whether they have learning disabilities or just need extra help.

Teachers will get concise lesson plans they can use to easily supplement their existing writing curriculum. From 20 to 50 minutes each, the lessons

  • address types of writing that are key to academic success, such as writing reports and constructing essays for standardized tests
  • help with every phase of the writing process, from planning to revising
  • reinforce new skills through group and individual practice
  • ensure that improvements are sustained by teaching students critical self-regulation skills they can use independently
  • support effective instruction with step-by-step guidelines and optional scripts for teachers
  • engage students with mnemonic devices they'll immediately grasp and remember
  • include fun photocopiable support materials, such as cue cards, picture prompts, sheets for graphing story parts, and charts for brainstorming and setting goals

Firmly grounded in the authors' Self-Regulated Strategy Development approach, which has been proven effective by 2 decades of research, these brief, powerful lessons will help transform struggling students into confident, skilled, and motivated writers.

About the Authors
Robert Reid

Part 1

  1. Welcome to Self-Regulated Strategy Development in Writing

  2. SRSD for Writing: What, Why, and How

  3. Self-Regulation and the Writing Process

  4. SRSD: Making It Work

Part 2

I. Strategy for Enhancing Word Choice

  1. Vocabulary Enrichment

II. Strategies for Story Writing
  1. POW + WWW

  2. POW + C-SPACE

III. Strategies for Narrative, Expository, and Persuasive Writing
  1. POW + TREE

  2. STOP and DARE

  3. Report Writing

  4. PLANS

IV. Strategies for Revising
  1. SCAN

  2. Compare, Diagnose, Operate


  4. Peer Revising

V. Strategy for a Writing Competency Test

VI. Strategy for Reading and Writing Informational Text
  1. TWA + PLANS



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: LD News - October 1, 2008
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: Midwest Book Review - January 17, 2008

"Designed to enable the classroom teacher to advance and enhance their student's writing skills . . . very strongly recommended as a language arts and literacy curriculum and classroom instruction plan supplemental resource."

Melanie Moran, Vanderbilt University - January 3, 2008
A new book...seeks to reverse the downward trend in the quality of student writing. Powerful Writing Strategies for All Students presents a detailed program that teachers can use to help students master writing and improve their self–confidence.
Sheldon Horowitz, Director of Professional Services, National Center for Learning Disabilities - August 16, 2007

"If you have to choose one resource on written expression, this is it! Evidence-based, practical information on structured, explicit instruction in a reader-friendly and ready-to-use format."

Nickola Nelson, Charles Van Riper Professor, Western Michigan University - July 31, 2007

"Splendid, accessible compendium of a body of respected scholarly work now packaged for all teachers. A wonderful gift to the field!"

Joanna Williams, Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University - July 23, 2007

"A powerful, evidence-based approach to instruction . . . The clear and complete lessons plans included in this volume will help teachers enhance their ability to provide effective instruction to students at all levels."

Bernice Wong, Professor Emerita, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada - July 23, 2007

"Harris and Graham are models for contemporary intervention researchers with their balanced foci on impeccable research and assiduous attention to translating research into practice."