9/1/2010 - Writing Across the Curriculum
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  • 1. Citrus High SchoolWriting Across the Curriculum
    Fall 2010
  • 2. Writing in Your Content
    How do you utilize writing in your content area help students access, apply, and deepen their knowledge of the topic.
    What challenges do you face with incorporating writing into your class activities?
  • 3. WAC Essential Question
    • *Why is writing essential in all content areas across the curriculum at C.H.S.?
    *How can writing in a content area increase students’ success in that particular subject or topic?
    * How has WAC impacted your classroom and student success?
  • 4. CHS WAC History
    Start of WAC:
    Only 69% of 10th Graders
    Met High Standards in Writing
    Intensified WAC:
    Over a 3 Year Period
    Increased 20 points to 89%
    of 10th Graders Meeting High Standards
    - CHS earned an A for school grade
    WAC Stalled 08-09:
    Decreased 3 percentage points to 86%
    WAC 09-10: attached slide
    -
  • 5.
  • 6. CHS WAC Future
    School Grading
    Advanced Placement
    SAT/ACT
    FCAT Score 4.0
    Course Success Rates
    College Readiness
  • 7. Why WAC Works!
    Consistent
    Pervasive
    Among LF Strategies that Most Impact Achievement:
    Extending Thinking
    Summarizing
  • 8. A+ Essentials
    • Blue Jean Writing: IMs, blogs, email, notes to friends, notes to or for you, journaling,etc.
    • 9. Khaki Writing: Short answers on some test, some homework assignments, journaling, family letters, letters to adults, informal business writing/ emails.
    • 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.
  • A+ Essentials
    • Avoid opinion statements
    • 11. “I think . . .” “I feel . . .” “I believe . . .”
    • 12. Use Proper Punctuation
    • 13. Avoid using the word “because”
    • 14. Sounds elementary
    • 15. Find a more academic word to explain
  • A+ Essentials
    • Do not start a sentence with the word “it”
    • 16. Use transitional phrase
    • 17. Avoid repetition
    • 18. Vary the start of each sentence
    • 19. Vary the complexity of each sentence
    • 20. Verify the spelling of words
  • A+ Essentials
    • Avoid writing to the mysterious “you”
    • 21. Avoid writing in the “I Voice”
    • 22. May be appropriate in some essays
    • 23. Don’t mix up your homonyms
    • 24. Avoid Slang (thing, contractions, a lot)
    • 25. Avoid Clichés like the plague
  • A+ Essentials
  • WAC in Practice
    *Writing Activities
    *Collaborative Editing
    *Scaffolding
    *Grading
    *Feedback
  • 34. Thinking in a live and learning mind never ends.
    As we write . . .
    Thoughts become transformed
    Ideas evolve and stimulate new ways to think, new directions to follow
    Analytical and evaluative processes begin
    We improve our thinking.
    Adapted from Foundation for Critical Thinking
  • 35. One Last Thought . . .
    “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.”
    -Catherine Copley