Back inthen-elementary school Principal Catherine White focused on writing in the Attleboro Mass. No one threw up. Kids wrote almost the whole day long, and when announced that it was done, the fourth grade cheered and yelled so loud I could hear them downstairs in my office.
The object of writing across the curriculum WAC is to introduce writing activities and assignments while teaching other subjects, even those subjects as diverse as geometry, art, and biology. Rather than simply having students discuss concepts orally or take tests with fill-in-the-blank or multiple-choice answers, teachers who support writing across the curriculum will assign pieces of writing to be done as in-class assignments, homework, and assessment.
What are the Curriculum Goals? There are several concepts that proponents of the writing across the curriculum approach use as support for their views: Writing encourages advanced thinking skills.
Writing regularly allows students to practice their craft, which encourages them to become better writers.
Focusing on writing across the curriculum allows students to use various skills at once. These concepts form the basis for implementing writing across the curriculum, as teachers who use both WTL and WAD believe that it encourages students to think on a deeper level, improve their writing, incorporate various skills, and display their knowledge more clearly.
Writing to Learn WTL When some people think of writing across the curriculum, they may think that it puts too much pressure on students to focus on grammar and spelling while they should be focusing on the subject matter at hand.
Proponents of writing to learn WTL say that the subject matter can still be the focus, with writing simply acting as a vehicle to help students understand the material more deeply.
For example, journal writing activities in history class, lab notebooks in science class, or writing prompts in math class are all great ways to use the WTL form of writing across the curriculum.
Writing in the Disciplines WID This type of writing enables students to demonstrate their knowledge of a subject. When teachers assign research papers or essays, they are employing WID. For example, a history teacher who assigns an essay on the causes of the American Revolution is encouraging students to summarize what they have learned and to communicate it in a coherent manner.
A science teacher who assigns a research paper that requires students to research a disease and its treatment can see whether students are able to synthesize material from various sources and present it in the correct form. Supporters of WID often point out that various academic subjects require different types of writing conventions and forms, and that WID helps students identify and use them correctly.
For example, the passive voice may be eschewed in an English paper, as would APA style. In a Science or Psychology paper, however, both would be acceptable. Therefore, writing across the disciplines enables students to learn more about the field of study, including what is considered acceptable for writing in that field.
Some teachers use only one of these two approaches, and some use both.Writing To Learn: Strategies For Improving Writing Across The Curriculum is a teacher's guide that discusses the importance of writing across the curriculum in light of the Common Core standards and presents strategies for improving student writing in all disciplines.
Writing Across the Curriculum Piney Grove Middle School is dedicated to providing the highest quality education for our students.
To accomplish this, we recognize the current trends that will lead our students to successful careers in . So it’s no wonder that when the phrase “writing across the curriculum” gets bandied about, many middle and high school teachers in the content areas find themselves a bit less than ecstatic at the prospect of adding yet another item to their.
Writing to learn, in mathematics, science, social studies, and the arts, is an important consideration for elementary school teachers (Knipper & Duggan, ).
Given the increased attention and focus on writing as a performance assessment tool, wise teachers frequently check for understanding through student writing, and they do so across the.
meet these cross curriculum expectations Elementary and middle schools science & technical subjects. Writing in Reading and writing across the curriculum. For example, journal writing activities in history class, lab notebooks in science class, or writing prompts in math class are all great ways to use the WTL form of writing across the curriculum.
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