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Writing Across the Curriculum


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A presentation for the Writing Across the Curriculum workshop at Muskegon Area ISD, Muskegon, MI. This workshop was held in Sept. 2011.

A presentation for the Writing Across the Curriculum workshop at Muskegon Area ISD, Muskegon, MI. This workshop was held in Sept. 2011.

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  • 1. Writing Across the Curriculum Dinner & Dialogue September, 22, 2011
  • 2.
    • Agenda
      • Welcome and Introductions
      • Opener/ Community Building & Discussion
      • Writing Across the Curriculum Overview
      • Introduction to Moodle
    • Dinner
      • Using the Discussion Forum
      • Course Expectations
    Writing Across the Curriculum
  • 3.
    • How can you help your students get off the escalator?
    • How can we get off the escalator?
    Writing Across the Curriculum
  • 4. Writing Across the Curriculum
    • Writing within a variety of classrooms and disciplines
    • Learning content using a diversity of writing strategies
    • Practicing writing in a variety of contexts
  • 5. Writing Across the Curriculum
    • Promotes learning the content of the writing
    • Encourages student participation
    • Supports a diversity of student voices
    • Provides tools to support critical thinking and higher-order thinking skills
    • Produces resources for learning
    • Develops better writers
  • 6. Writing Across the Curriculum
    • WAC Helps Students:
    • Activate prior knowledge
    • Learn new content
    • Build a deep foundation of knowledge
    • Understand new information within a context
    • Organize knowledge for retrieval and application
    • Reflect on their thinking and learning process
  • 7. Writing Across the Curriculum
    • WAC Helps Teachers:
    • Plan instruction
    • Initiate discussion and introduce new content
    • Develop the use of higher-level thinking skills
    • Support differentiated learning efforts
    • Reinforce content
    • Conduct formative and summative assessment
    • Reflect on professional practice to improve instruction
  • 8. Writing Across the Curriculum
    • Writing across the curriculum has two components:
    • Writing-To-Learn
    • Writing-To-Demonstrate-Knowledge
  • 9. Writing-To-Learn
    • A Writing-to-Learn strategy is one that teachers employ throughout and/or at the end of a lesson to engage students and develop big ideas and concepts .
      • Requires higher-level thinking skills.
      • Focuses on ideas rather than correctness of details.
  • 10. Writing-To-Learn
    • There is a strong connection between Writing-to-Learn strategies and Assessment FOR Learning.
  • 11. Writing-To-Demonstrate-Knowledge
    • A Writing-to-Demonstrate-Knowledge strategy is one that allows students to show what they have learned by synthesizing information and explaining or applying their understanding of concepts and ideas.
      • Students write for an audience with a specific purpose. Products may apply knowledge in new ways or use academic structures for research and/or formal writing.
  • 12. Writing-To-Demonstrate-Knowledge
    • A Writing-to-Demonstrate-Knowledge assignment:
      • Requires a report, essay, project or other more formal paper.
      • Is a “finished product” which adheres to format and style guidelines or standards.
      • May require a period of weeks of work including revising and editing.
  • 13. Writing-To-Demonstrate-Knowledge
    • There is a strong connection between Writing-to-Demonstrate-Knowledge strategies and Assessment OF Learning.