I have relied on Judith Hochman’s, Teaching Basic Writing Skills curriculum to support at risk students in writing for over 15 years. Initially, I sponsored small groups of select teachers to attend her training sessions and then purchased materials to support their work in the classroom. As word spread about their success, we increased the number of teachers and created a cadre of staff developers to offer additional support . . . I can assure you that Teaching Basic Writing Skills will be the number one intervention for writing that I will recommend to the over 275 schools in my care.
- John Mulligan, Regional Deputy Superintendent
New York City, NY
Ever so rarely, you encounter a material that is both brilliant and supple. TBWS’s brilliance is in the way it makes the enormously complex process of writing available for teaching and learning in a logical, realistic and manageable style. It gives power to the most able writer and empowers the most timid writer. The suppleness of TBWS allows its use for teaching oral language and thinking skills either separate from or as precursors to writing. Every clinician—language therapist and educational therapist—at the Soifer Center is trained in TBWS. We all rely on and admire it!
- Lydia H. Soifer, Ph.D.
Language and Speech Pathologist, White Plains, NY
Explicit instruction based on research is required to effectively teach students in every grade and in all content areas. Teachers and students benefit from the strategies and structure of Teaching Basic Writing Skills. In addition to teaching students to write complex sentences and coherent, cohesive paragraphs and compositions, I have seen students demonstrate growth in reading comprehension and oral language. Additionally, they gain insight into the processes necessary to analyze and synthesize information. The program helps achieve the goal of producing independent and competent writers. Teaching Basic Writing Skills is the most effective writing program I have used in more than twenty five years of teaching. Our alumni tell us that learning to write using this program was the single most important factor contributing to their success in high school and college.
- Betsy M. Duffy
Director of Language Arts, Windward School
White Plains, New York
I have used Teaching Basic Writing Skills for over 15 years, first as a teacher of learning disabled students and now in a mainstream classroom. It is the only writing program I know of that can be used to teach the fundamentals to those who need it, while at the same time, allowing teachers to create an alternate program for their more advanced students . . . Teaching Basic Writing Skills is an essential part of the language arts curriculum.
- Mara Cohen, 4th Grade Teacher,
Teaching Basic Writing Skills works because it is a rare commodity – an expository writing program based on the latest research. It is both comprehensive and user-friendly. Best of all, it not only teaches composition, it improves reading comprehension. The focus on sentence activities develops students’ understanding of complex syntax while the writing of varied paragraph types teaches text structure. Teaching Basic Writing Skills should be a key component of any reading program.
- Phyllis Bertin, Author & Lecturer
White Plains, NY
Teaching Basic Writing Skills is clear, useful and effective. Dr. Hochman gives teachers and administrators material they can use immediately when they go back to their schools. The feedback on her presentations has been universally positive in both shorter and longer formats. I am delighted that a substantial group of educators, including many administrators, have been introduced to this wonderful program. I use it myself!
- Esther Klein Friedman, Ph.D., Director
Supplemental Education Services
New York City Department of Education, New York City, NY
As both a school head in several independent schools and as an Executive Director of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, I have never seen a more effective or carefully orchestrated program for teaching students to write effectively, cogently and powerfully than Dr. Judith Hochman’s Teaching Basic Writing Skills’ curriculum.
This program has been greeted with great enthusiasm by entire teaching faculties when presented to them through in-service education programs or training seminars. The utility of the program was made manifest by it being quickly and seamlessly adopted for use by not only core liberal arts faculty but by foreign language faculty as well. Foreign language teachers at Tucson Hebrew Academy have asserted that the program was as effective a tool to teach writing in Hebrew as it was in English.
I recommend Dr. Judith Hochman’s Basic Writing Skills Curriculum without reservation as a foundation for any K-12 writing program.
- Daniel Kahn, Ph.D.
This guide (TBWS) is indispensable for any teacher seeking to develop systematically their students’ sentence, paragraph, and expository writing skills. The teaching activities and examples are extremely helpful for the tutor or teacher who needs flexibility within a structure and sequence.
- Louisa Moats, Ed.D.
Author and Director of Professional Development and Research Initiatives, Sopris West Educational Services