Writing Across the Curriculum

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Writing Across the Curriculum:

Writing Across the Curriculum DeKalb High/Middle School

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Do you use writing in your classroom?

Common Core Standards:

Common Core Standards Standards developed for K-12 in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) Forty-five states have adopted these standards Missouri has adopted; plan to implement 2014-2015 school year (National Governors Assoc. for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010)

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Common Core Standards ELA standards include Literature & informational text Foundational skills Writing skills Speaking & Listening Skills Language Skills (National Governors Assoc. for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010)

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Common Core Standards ELA standards also include literacy in Science Social Studies History Technical Subjects (National Governors Assoc. for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010 )

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How can we prepare our students for the Common Core?

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Writing Across the Curriculum

What is WAC?:

What is WAC? Learning to Write Writing to Learn In ALL disciplines (McLeod, 1987; McLeod & Maimon , 2000)

Benefits of WAC:

Benefits of WAC Provides students with writing practice Great learning tool for students Works on students’ critical thinking skills Shows students’ learning, thought-processes, and misunderstandings (McLeod, 1987; McLeod & Maimon , 2000)

Fears vs. Solutions:

Fears vs. Solutions Fears Lack of expertise  Take time away from own content to teach writing More grading Evaluation processes Solutions Don't focus on grammar Write along with students Collaborate with teachers Stagger big writing assignments Small writing assignments just as beneficial as big ones Evaluate only one-two elements of writing Don’t grade everything! ( Borchers , 2001; Fincke , 1982; Graham, Gillespie, & McKeown , 2012; Graves, 1995; Gribbin , 1991; Kinloch, 2009)

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What are some ways you can incorporate more writing into your classroom?

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Some Strategies Journals/Diaries/Logs Write for a Real Audience Write Daily Freewriting /Focused Freewriting (See Handout for More) (Jacobs, 2002; Moss 1991)

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Teachers Should… Model Writing Provide Expectations Clearly Provide Feedback/Conference Focus Less on Conventions ( Borchers , 2001; Fincke , 1982; Graham, Gillespie, & McKeown , 2012; Graves, 1995; Gribbin , 1991; Kinloch, 2009; Moss, 1991)

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Bibliography Borchers , D. L. (2001). Writing across the curriculum: A simple approach to correcting . New England Reading Association Journal, 37 (2), 11-13. Fincke , G. (1982). Writing across the curriculum in high school. The Clearing House , 56 (2 ), 71-73. Graham, S., Gillespie, A., & McKeown , D. (2012). Writing: importance, development , and instruction. Reading and Writing, 26 (1), 1-15. Graves, D. H. (1995). Be a better writing teacher. Education Digest, 60 (9), 57- 60 . Gribbin , W. G. (1991). Writing across the curriculum: Assignments and evaluations . The Clearning House, 64 (6), 365-368. Jacobs, V. A. (2002). Reading, writing, and understanding. Educational Leadership , 60 (3 ), 58-61.  

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Bibliography Kinloch , V. (2009). Innovative writing instruction. The English Journal, 98 (5), 103-107 . Maimon , S. M. (2000). Clearing the air: WAC myths and realities. College English , 62 (5), 573-583. McLeod, S. (1987). Defining writing across the curriculum. WPA: Writing Program Administration, 11 (1-2), 19-24. Moss, B. (1991). Promoting reading and writing in the middle-grade content- area classroom. The Clearing House, 65 (1), 11-13. National Governors Association for Best Practices, C. o. (2010). Common core standards . Washington, D.C.: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices & Council of Chief State School Officers. Retrieved from Common core state standards initiative.  

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