A Framework for Explicit Writing Instruction in All Subjects
The Writing Rope
Special Education

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.

Contains Companion Materials
55897 978-1-68125-589-7
2023 248
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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.
About the Downloads
About the Author

I Laying the Foundation for Teachers and Students
Chapter 1 Introduction to The Writing Rope
Chapter 2 What Do We Know About Effective Writing Instruction?
Chapter 3 Transcription Skills
Chapter 4 Writing Craft

II Skills and Strategies: Learning to Write
Chapter 5 Critical Thinking: Stages of the Writing Process
Chapter 6 Syntax and Sentence Skills
Chapter 7 Text Structure: Paragraph Skills
Chapter 8 Text Structure: Three Types of Writing

III Applications: Writing to Learn
Chapter 9 Critical Thinking: Summary Writing
Chapter 10 Critical Thinking: Writing from Text Sources
Chapter 11 Putting It All Together



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Carolyn Cowen, Executive Editor-in-Chief of the International Dyslexia Association’s editorial boards - May 4, 2022
Destined to be a game changer...Sedita’s book belongs on every educator’s bookshelf and should be required reading in teacher-preparation and professional-development programs.“--
Donna Hejtmanek, President of the Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Science of Reading WISoR-Literacy Task Force of Wisconsin, Science of Reading-What I Should Have Learned in College. FB group, Reading League Wisconsin - May 4, 2022
Finally, a solid framework to explicitly guide teachers in writing, in all subjects....provides practical activities and resources to develop competent and confident writers. This book will be your new best friend
Linda Diamond, MAT, co-author of Teaching Reading Sourcebook, Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, and Vocabulary Handbook; founder and past president of Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education - May 3, 2022
Joan Sedita hit it out of the park with this amazing book...teacher-friendly and incredibly usable for language arts educators and other subject matter specialists.
Martha Hougen, Author, Consultant, and Educator - May 3, 2022
Those who study this text will improve their own writing as well as those of the students they teach. A perfect guide for a collaborative school-wide effort to enhance writing instruction in all grades, all subjects.
Author: Joan Sedita M.Ed.   Foreword Author: Jan Hasbrouck Ph.D.
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