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					Writing Across the Curriculum

             Presented by:
          Cindy Dornstauder
          Kathryn Humphrey
          Nicole Zimmerman
    Red Deer Catholic School Division
Participants will:
   1.   Understand how writing promotes learning
   2.   Understand what Writing Across the Curriculum can look like
   3.   View the Principles of Writing Across the Curriculum
   4.   Discuss the strategies of Writing Across the Curriculum
   5.   Consider ways that teachers can help the writers in their classrooms
   6.   Understand non-fiction writing and it’s importance in the classroom
   7.   Assessment of writing
   8.   Reflect on writing research
WHAT IS WRITING ACROSS THE
      CURRICULUM?
Teachers across the disciplines use writing-to-learn and writing-to demonstrate
knowledge to enhance the learning of their students.

Reflection Activity: Think of a writing-to learn or writing-to-demonstrate activity
you have recently completed in your classroom.
Discuss with a partner and share with the group.
   BASIC PRINCIPLES OF WRITING
    ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
-Writing promotes learning
-Using writing as part of instruction can be used everyday in every classroom
- Opportunities to write in every class develops good writers
    WHAT IS IN IT FOR TEACHERS
        AND STUDENTS?
•-Writing encourages reflection
•-Writing improves reading and thinking skills
•- Students will learn more content
•- Teachers will have concrete evidence of student learning
•- There will be a variety of performance tasks to assess
•- There will be proof of student metacognition – learning by learning
        STRATEGIES FOR WRITING
        ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
A. Writing-to-learn
- Teachers use this strategy throughout and/or at the end of a lesson to develop big ideas
   and concepts and to engage students.
- This type of writing fosters critical thinking and learning
- This type of writing helps students to think through key concepts and ideas

Examples:
Journals, logs, summaries, responses to questions, notes, free writing,


Attention is focused on the ideas rather than the structure of the writing.
 STRATEGIES FOR WRITING ACROSS
       THE CURRICULUM
B. Writing –to-Demonstrate-Knowledge
- Teachers use this strategy when they want to guide the learner through the writing process;
   selection of a topic, understanding the purpose, drafting, editing, revising and publishing the
   finished work.
- Students write for an audience with a specific purpose

Examples:
Essays, letters, projects


Attention is focused on format and style guidelines.
                     ACTIVITY
Brainstorm ways to use Writing-to-Learn and Writing-to-
Demonstrate-Knowledge in your classroom.

Share our samples.
    What can teachers do to help
              writers?
-Model the process
-Provide extensive opportunities to write
-Teach proper form for various types of writing
         Does Writing Across the
       Curriculum Improve Student
              Performance?
-Many different types of research
-Research does support that writing to learn and writing to demonstrate knowledge
improves higher order reasoning.

Look at Blooms Taxonomy

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        ASSESSMENT OF WRITING
When teacher incorporate writing in their content areas the need for review and the
need for re-teaching is reduced.
Not all of the writing needs to be assessed.
               Non-Fiction Writing
Doug Reeves (the importance of non-fiction writing)
                            Our story
Red Deer Catholic Common Writing Assessment Project
Red Deer Catholic Writing Rubrics and Exemplar Project
Holy Family School Writing Project
St. Francis School Writing Project

				
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