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The Writing Revolution 2.0

A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades

By Judith C. Hochman & Natalie Wexler with Kathleen Maloney

Published by Jossy-Bass, a Wiley Brand

Building on the success of the original best-seller, The Writing Revolution 2.0 offers a clear method of instruction for teaching writing, known as the Hochman Method®. This method can be applied across all grade levels and subject areas. The Writing Revolution isn’t a separate curriculum; instead, it integrates seamlessly into existing curricula, providing strategies and activities that can be woven into content instruction. By focusing on specific techniques tailored to students’ needs and offering targeted feedback, The Writing Revolution can transform weak writers into strong, confident communicators.

In addition, the method can:

  • Identify misconceptions and gaps in knowledge
  • Boost reading comprehension and learning
  • Improve organizational skills
  • Enrich oral language
  • Develop analytical abilities

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“For years, I have recommended The Writing Revolution for the following reasons: powerful sequencing from sentence to composition, skills broken down into obtainable chunks, explicit, systematic instruction, writing assignments connected to class content, and focus on planning and revising. Teachers are supported and students emerge as writers. The Writing Revolution truly makes a difference, so schools, teachers, and students should follow this road map to excellence.”

—Anita Archer,

author of Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching

“The impact of The Writing Revolution, which has expanded our understanding of how writing builds knowledge and taught us how to embed great writing lessons into daily instruction across content areas, has been profound. When Judith Hochman, Natalie Wexler, and Kathleen Maloney think there’s more to say about how we produce strong writers, educators need to stop and listen. Drawing on thousands of hours of onsite work with teachers, The Writing Revolution 2.0 is a testament to the authors’ belief that good writing instruction is within the grasp of all teachers and that, indeed, it must be their charge.”

—Barbara Davidson,

president of StandardsWork, Inc., and executive director of the Knowledge Matters Campaign

“We’ve been inspired by the practical approach of the Hochman Method for over three decades and so have the many teachers we’ve shared it with. We couldn’t be happier about this second edition since the practices laid out so clearly in this book will make every student exposed to them a more supple and lucid writer.”

—David and Meredith Liben,

Reading Done Right, authors of Know Better, Do Better: Comprehension

What’s different about The Writing Revolution 2.0?

If you’re familiar with the original version, the changes you’ll see in this version include:

  • The addition of two new outlines, the Pre-Transition Outline (PTO) and the Transition Outline (TO), as possible steps between the Single-Paragraph Outline (SPO) and the Multiple-Paragraph Outline (MPO).
  • Changes in the sequence of sentence activities.
  • The introduction of transitions as sentence activities.
  • More illustrations of all strategies.
  • Questions for book discussion groups.
  • An expanded discussion of assessment.
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1st edition sold 300,000+ copies!

About the Authors

Dr. Judith C. Hochman

Dr. Judith C. Hochman

Dr. Judith C. Hochman is the creator of the Hochman Method and founder of The Writing Revolution, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting teachers and school leaders in implementing this explicit set of evidence-based strategies for teaching writing. Dr. Hochman served as the Head of The Windward School in White Plains, New York, a nationally renowned independent school focused on teaching students with learning disabilities. She is the founder of the Windward Teacher Training Institute and a former Superintendent of the Greenburgh Graham Union Free School District in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. In addition, Dr. Hochman lectures, presents workshops and gives courses for educational organizations, colleges and universities, as well as public and independent schools throughout the United States. She is on the Advisory Board of Everyone Reads, a national advocacy organization for dyslexia and related learning disabilities. She received the New York Branch Award from the International Dyslexia Association. The Reading Reform Foundation presented Dr. Hochman with the Leona D. and Phillip J. Spector Leadership Award. Dr. Hochman is the author of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing In All Subjects and Grades (along with co-author Natalie Wexler), Teaching Basic Writing Skills, a chapter entitled Composition: Expressive Language and Writing in the publication Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, and numerous articles.

Natalie Wexler

Natalie Wexler

Natalie Wexler is a DC-based education journalist focusing on literacy and the so-called achievement gap. She is the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System–and How to Fix It (Avery 2019), and the co-author of The Writing Revolution: Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades (Jossey-Bass 2017), a step-by-step guide to using the instructional method developed by Dr. Judith Hochman. She is also a contributor on education to and the author of three novels. Please visit her website at

Kathleen Maloney

Kathleen Maloney

Kathleen Maloney is the chief operating officer of The Writing Revolution, where she brings her passion for literacy and experience in education to her role, overseeing the organization’s daily operations and strategizing its future direction in collaboration with the co-CEOs. Before joining the team, as an English teacher and literacy coach, she used the Hochman Method in her own classroom and led its schoolwide implementation.

“This guide needs to be on every educator’s bookshelf! Grounded in The Writing Revolution’s research on writing instruction, this supremely practical book provides teachers, administrators, and other practitioners with a robust guide for building students’ writing ability and knowledge. This book is the best tool a teacher can keep in their toolkit.”

—Esther Klein Friedman,

PhD, executive director of Literacy and Academic Intervention (retired), New York City Department of Education; literacy learning specialist

“As a principal, it was clear that students in my elementary school needed an organized system of instruction to improve their writing. My team of teachers fully embraced the Hochman Method and enjoyed collaboratively learning and planning writing lessons using the multiple reources provided in The Writing Revolution. Every principal and teacher should make it a priority to utilize the latest edition to advance their knowledge and understanding of how to effectively teach writing. Your students will develop a love of writing that will last a lifetime.”

—Gwendolyn Payton,

instructional superintendent, DCPS

“The Writing Revolution 2.0 provides teachers with powerful strategies to embed explicit writing instruction into the content of the curriculum. These strategies equip children with the tools they need to be confident writers while also developing their comprehension and critical thinking skills.”

—Lori D’Andrea,

literacy specialist, Greenburgh Central School District

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