Instructional practices substantiated by researchExplicit strategies for writingClear procedures for implementing those strategiesDetailed scoring rubrics to help you assess writing objectivelySkill instruction at points when students will use the skill in their writingInstruction in basic grammar and language usagePractice in demand-writing to develop fluency and expressionProcesses that help children produce pieces that are polished, expansive, expressive
Using the direct-instruction method, High-Performance Writing addresses the writing instruction needs of all students including special education and ESL students. Each unit follows a sequence of instruction and contains a complete sequence of activities to achieve a particular piece of writing. Terry Dodds, author of several other SRA direct-instruction programs including Readers and Writers, Learning Through Literature, and Language for Learning, developed the program.
Units built around specific topics address the writing genre frequently identified in state frameworks, allowing you to target grade-appropriate writing skills.Straightforward lessons provide the scaffolding students need to internalize the writing process and emerge as independent writers.Writing and revising strategies help students incorporate the six traits of effective writing.