High-Performance Writing: A Structured Approach 2005

Grade Levels: 1-13

Get your students writing right away with High-Performance Writing, a comprehensive new resource that addresses the needs of all students, including special education and ESL students. High-Performance Writing provides instruction for the skills addressed in state standards, and the program provides plenty of practice to give students the confidence and skills they need to excel on standardized tests. Writing and revising strategies included in the program help students incorporate the six traits of effective writing.

High-Performance Writing: A Structured Approach 2005

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.

High-Performance Writing is a comprehensive resource that gives you ways to get your students writing right away. The lesson plans that make up each unit are based on key traits of effective writing and provide:

  • Instructional practices substantiated by research
  • Explicit strategies for writing
  • Clear procedures for implementing those strategies
  • Detailed scoring rubrics to help you assess writing objectively
  • Skill instruction at points when students will use the skill in their writing
  • Instruction in basic grammar and language usage
  • Practice in demand-writing to develop fluency and expression
  • Processes that help children produce pieces that are polished, expansive, expressive


Writing Units

  • Writing Units contain placement tests, daily lesson plans and blackline masters for activities that help students develop their ideas, organization, and voice.

Writer's Guide

  • Writer's Guide provides efficient review and practice of mechanics, grammar, and usage and suggestions for using technology for proofreading and publishing.

Complete Package

  • Complete Packages include six Writing Units, Writer's Guide, and the Program Guide.

Program Guide

  • Program Guide - a handy reference with assessment tools, writing samples, and a bibliography of children's literature to use as models.