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.

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Writing Across the Curriculum

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

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