9/1/2010 - Writing Across the Curriculum


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9/1/2010 - Writing Across the Curriculum

  1. 1. Citrus High SchoolWriting Across the Curriculum <br />Fall 2010<br />
  2. 2. Writing in Your Content<br />How do you utilize writing in your content area help students access, apply, and deepen their knowledge of the topic.<br />What challenges do you face with incorporating writing into your class activities?<br />
  3. 3. WAC Essential Question<br /><ul><li>*Why is writing essential in all content areas across the curriculum at C.H.S.?</li></ul> *How can writing in a content area increase students’ success in that particular subject or topic?<br /> * How has WAC impacted your classroom and student success?<br />
  4. 4. CHS WAC History <br />Start of WAC: <br />Only 69% of 10th Graders <br /> Met High Standards in Writing <br />Intensified WAC:<br />Over a 3 Year Period <br />Increased 20 points to 89% <br /> of 10th Graders Meeting High Standards<br />- CHS earned an A for school grade <br />WAC Stalled 08-09: <br />Decreased 3 percentage points to 86%<br />WAC 09-10: attached slide<br />- <br />
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  6. 6. CHS WAC Future <br />School Grading <br />Advanced Placement<br />SAT/ACT <br />FCAT Score 4.0<br />Course Success Rates<br />College Readiness<br />
  7. 7. Why WAC Works!<br />Consistent<br />Pervasive<br />Among LF Strategies that Most Impact Achievement:<br />Extending Thinking<br />Summarizing<br />
  8. 8. A+ Essentials<br /><ul><li>Blue Jean Writing: IMs, blogs, email, notes to friends, notes to or for you, journaling,etc.
  9. 9. Khaki Writing: Short answers on some test, some homework assignments, journaling, family letters, letters to adults, informal business writing/ emails.
  10. 10. Black Tie/Formal Attire: College application letter or essay, Job application or resume letters, class essays or research papers/projects, business writing/emails/letters to customers and bosses.</li></li></ul><li>A+ Essentials<br /><ul><li>Avoid opinion statements
  11. 11. “I think . . .” “I feel . . .” “I believe . . .”
  12. 12. Use Proper Punctuation
  13. 13. Avoid using the word “because”
  14. 14. Sounds elementary
  15. 15. Find a more academic word to explain</li></li></ul><li>A+ Essentials<br /><ul><li>Do not start a sentence with the word “it”
  16. 16. Use transitional phrase
  17. 17. Avoid repetition
  18. 18. Vary the start of each sentence
  19. 19. Vary the complexity of each sentence
  20. 20. Verify the spelling of words</li></li></ul><li>A+ Essentials<br /><ul><li>Avoid writing to the mysterious “you”
  21. 21. Avoid writing in the “I Voice”
  22. 22. May be appropriate in some essays
  23. 23. Don’t mix up your homonyms
  24. 24. Avoid Slang (thing, contractions, a lot)
  25. 25. Avoid Clichés like the plague</li></li></ul><li>A+ Essentials<br /><ul><li>Provide vivid details and supports
  26. 26. Elaborate
  27. 27. Use imagery and appeal to the senses
  28. 28. Remember your FRIES
  29. 29. F acts
  30. 30. R easons
  31. 31. I ncidents
  32. 32. E xamples
  33. 33. S ensory details</li></li></ul><li>WAC in Practice<br />*Writing Activities<br />*Collaborative Editing<br />*Scaffolding<br />*Grading<br />*Feedback<br />
  34. 34. Thinking in a live and learning mind never ends. <br />As we write . . .<br />Thoughts become transformed<br />Ideas evolve and stimulate new ways to think, new directions to follow<br />Analytical and evaluative processes begin<br /> We improve our thinking.<br /> Adapted from Foundation for Critical Thinking<br />
  35. 35. One Last Thought . . . <br />“Humans were born to think; it’s almost impossible to stop us. Writing helps us to bring all that activity into consciousness, helps to clarify and direct our thinking, and generate more thinking. Writing, thinking, and learning are part of the same process.”<br /> -Catherine Copley<br />