Research and Ideas in Writing Across the Curriculum July The WAC Journal continues the conversation on writing across the curriculum with their November issue and provides a collection of articles by educators exchanging practical ideas, pertinent theory, and their WAC experiences. Following a workshop examining past and present partnerships and studying responses from participants, Jacob Blumner and Pamela Childers report what makes successful collaborations and how they can be replicated. Clark, Andrea Hernandez Can first-year writing classes help students in other disciplines? Clark and Andrea Hernandez delve into this question by examining the results of a pilot study designed to help students acquire "genre awareness" and write effectively across different courses.
Proven Tools and Methods It is an understatement to say these units have been piloted many times. The teaching in these books has been planned, taught, revised, and retaught, through a cycle of improvement involving literally thousands of classrooms in schools dotting the globe.
The 10 Essentials of Reading Instruction 1. Above all, good teachers matter. Learners need teachers who demonstrate what it means to live richly literate lives, wearing a love of reading on their sleeves.
Teachers need professional development and a culture of collaborative practice to develop their abilities to teach. Readers need long stretches of time to read. A mountain of research supports the notion that teachers who teach reading successfully provide their students with substantial time for actual reading.
Readers need opportunities to read high-interest, accessible books of their own choosing. Students need access to lots of books that they can read with high levels of accuracy, fluency, and comprehension.
They need opportunities to consolidate skills so they can use skills and strategies with automaticity within fluid, engaged reading. Readers need to read increasingly complex texts appropriate for their grade level. Teachers can find ways to scaffold instruction to provide students with access to these texts when they cannot read them independently.
ANNOUNCEMENTS. THE ROCKOWITZ WRITING CENTER IS LOCATED ON THE 7TH FLOOR OF THE LIBRARY IN THE SILVERSTEIN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER! ***Weekly tutoring begins Monday, September 24th.***. Built and run by education activists, American Reading Company is a trusted partner of schools and districts in all 50 states. Our team helps strengthen district and school capacity at every level by placing literacy and agency at the heart of school transformation. Glossary of Reading Terms Accuracy (part of fluency): Reading words in text with no errors. Academically Engaged: Students are academically engaged when they are participating in activities/instruction in a meaningful way and understanding the tasks in.
Readers need direct, explicit instruction in the skills and strategies of proficient reading. The National Reading Panel strongly supports explicit instruction in comprehension strategies, suggesting that the teaching of even one comprehension strategy can lead to improved comprehension, and that teaching a repertoire of strategies can make an even larger difference National Reading Panel Readers need opportunities to talk and sometimes to write in response to texts.
Talking and writing both provide concrete, visible ways for learners to do the thinking work that later becomes internalized and invisible. Readers need support reading nonfiction books and building a knowledge base and academic vocabulary through information reading.
Students who read a great deal of nonfiction gain knowledge about the world as well as about vocabulary. Readers need assessment-based instruction, including feedback that is tailored specifically to them.
Learners are not all the same, and learners do not all need the same things to progress. Teaching, then, must always be responsive, and our ideas about what works and what doesn't work must always be under construction.
Readers need teachers to read aloud to them. Read-aloud is essential to teaching reading. Teachers read aloud to open the day, using stories and poems to convene the community and to celebrate what it means to be awake and alive together. They read aloud to embark on shared adventures, to explore new worlds, and to place provocative topics at the center of the community.
Readers need a balanced approach to language arts, one that includes a responsible approach to the teaching of writing as well as reading. Pressley and his colleagues conducted research in balanced literacy, seeking out examples of exemplary teaching in the primary grades and studying the approach to instruction.
In every case, whenever they found a classroom with high literacy engagement, they found balanced teaching in place Pressley et al.READING AND WRITING TOGETHER. Writing is not a skill that students learn separate from other processes.
It combines many complex activities, including categorizing, building key terms and concepts for a subject, measuring one's reaction to a subject, making new connections, abstracting, figuring out significance, and developing arguments—to name a few.
ANNOUNCEMENTS. THE ROCKOWITZ WRITING CENTER IS LOCATED ON THE 7TH FLOOR OF THE LIBRARY IN THE SILVERSTEIN STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER! ***Weekly tutoring begins Monday, September 24th.***.
For courses in Writing across the Curriculum or Writing in the Disciplines. This version of Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum has been updated to reflect the 8th Edition of the MLA Handbook (April )*. Effective writing skills for students of all majors and interests.
Students learn best by writing. “Kids learn the most through writing,” said Mr.
Peha. “If you’re only going to do one thing, writing is the highest payoff activity you can pick.” Getting Started With Writing Across the Curriculum Some teachers have expressed concern over writing across the curriculum. English Language Arts Standards» Introduction» Key Design Consideration Print this page CCR and grade-specific standards.
The CCR standards anchor the document and define general, cross-disciplinary literacy expectations that must be met for students to be prepared to enter college and workforce training programs ready to succeed.
in writing instruction, and by using better techniques like Six Traits criteria-based assessment, Writing Process, and Writer’s Workshop, students should be coming into your classes better pre-pared for the writing work you’ll be asking them to do.
But yes, you will have writing work for them to do.