Book Excerpt: The Better Writing Breakthrough: Connecting Student Thinking and Discussion to Inspire Great Writing

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 The Better Writing Breakthrough: Connecting Student Thinking and Discussion to Inspire Great WritingHave you faced the challenge of trying to engage struggling students in writing assignments only to be met with empty stares and blank sheets of paper? Learn how to use the Discourse and Writing Cycle—a field-tested approach from well-respected experts Eleanor Dougherty, Laura Billings, and Terry Roberts.

Their recent book, The Better Writing Breakthrough: Connecting Student Thinking and Discussion to Inspire Great Writing, explores the three interrelated sequences of the cycle—the discourse sequence, the transition to writing sequence, and the writing sequence—and includes classroom examples and sample lesson plans from across the content areas. The cycle will inspire you as a teacher and help you to inspire your students in grades 4–12 to write with confidence and competence.

“The goal is to help you train your students to speak and write in language that is increasingly clear, coherent, and sophisticated—because their thinking is increasingly clear, coherent, and sophisticated,” write Dougherty, Billings, and Roberts.

 The Better Writing Breakthrough: Connecting Student Thinking and Discussion to Inspire Great Writing

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