By Peg Tyre
Summary by ASCD SmartBrief
"New Dorp High School in Staten Island, N.Y., seemed on the brink of closure in 2009 when principal Deirdre DeAngelis and her staff began focusing on analytic writing throughout the curriculum. Teachers began by showing students the basic parts of speech and essay structure. Test scores have since increased with more students taking college preparatory classes and the graduation rate is expected to reach 80%, increasing from 63% before the writing program started."