The Writing Rope Book Study

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 1/29/2023 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 1/29/2023 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 5
Agency Contact: (Mary) Donica Goodwin
Agency Assistant: Julie Beckwith 608-745-5472
Location Facility Date Time Notes
Zoom meeting Zoom meeting 2/28/2023 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Zoom meeting Zoom meeting 4/4/2023 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Zoom meeting Zoom meeting 4/25/2023 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Zoom meeting Zoom meeting 5/23/2023 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
626 E. Slifer St
Portage, WI 53901
Main Conference Room 6/13/2023 09:00 AM - 02:00 PM

CESA 5 invites you to join us for a book study series of The Writing Rope: A Framework for Explicit Writing Instruction in All Subjects

Participants in this book study will be invited to join four virtual after-school book discussion sessions during the school year, along with one culminating full-day workshop in person at CESA 5 in June. The dates and times are available below; a full reading schedule will be shared with participants upon registration. A copy of the book is provided with registration. 

Virtual Session 1: Tuesday, February 28, 2023 (3:30-5:00 PM) 

Virtual Session 2: Tuesday, April 4, 2023 (3:30-5:00 PM) 

Virtual Session 3: Tuesday, April 25, 2023 (3:30-5:00 PM)

Virtual Session 4: Tuesday, May 23, 2023 (3:30-5:00 PM) 

In-Person Workshop: Tuesday, June 13, 2023 (9 AM to 2 PM) 

Participants will have the opportunity to read, reflect, and prepare to design and deliver explicit, high-quality writing instruction.

Through the reading and study of this book, teachers will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of effective writing instruction. Get research-based background knowledge about writing development, the five components of the Writing Rope framework, the role of fluent transcription skills in proficient writing, and the intentional choices proficient writers make about writing craft.

  • Apply evidence-based practices in the classroom. Teach essential skills all students must learn to become proficient writers, focusing on critical thinking strategies for generating ideas and gathering information before writing, strategies for each stage of the writing process, syntactic awareness and sentence writing, paragraph writing, and skillful structuring of different types of text.   

  • Help students “write to learn.” Teach students how to use writing to enhance their learning across different content areas. Learn how to plan effective writing assignments in different content areas, and explicitly teach students skills for summarizing texts and writing about narrative and expository text.


Target audience: ELA teachers of grades 4 and up, instructional coaches/literacy leaders, anyone who wants to know more about the foundations of writing.

Registration Fee: $200 for CESA 5 School Improvement Services Members
                              $300 for Non-Members

*Includes book The Writing Rope by Joan Sedita.*
**Please register by January 27, 2023.**

Cancellations received after January 27, 2023, will not receive a refund. Registrations are transferrable within your district. This policy supersedes our regular CESA 5 cancellation policy.

Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a full refund if they cancel before 10 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Because of our commitment to the trainer and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 10 working days or do not attend, will be billed the full fee. CESA 5 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. Inclement weather policy: Every effort will be made to hold an event. CESA 5 will notify participants via email as soon as possible if an event has been canceled due to weather conditions.