Writing Across the Curriculum:
Writing Across the Curriculum: This on-line resource is used in the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Writing Across the Curriculum WAC workshops for teachers, and it is designed to inspire writing about science in the classroom.
Teachers who take our workshops are asked to propose lessons that we could house on this webpage. Although many of the lessons are specific to a particular science content, all can certainly be applied to other scientific topics. How can we deepen student thinking in all content areas through meaningful and authentic writing assignments?
Here is the template to use, if you are creating a ScienceFix lesson as your final project for class. Hello, my name is Yvette Deightonand welcome to ScienceFix. I have been a science teacher for most of my career, and more recently a trainer for our region and a graduate from the NNWP's Invitational Institute.
This page has some great lessons created by teachers who also believe we can teach content, literacy skills, and allow creativity to flourish in our classrooms. I believe we are all literacy teachers.
We recognize how important it is for all students to be able to read and write fluently; we all earned our degrees through reading and writing. However, like many good intentions, writing often makes its way to the bottom of our list of things to do with the many challenges we tackle trying to teach our content standards.
Interestingly, I believe integrating writing within lessons can increase our effectiveness and efficiency. In fact, I mostly remember assigning writing assignments, and assessing them for the content, only. Time and again I was frustrated with their writing and became more reticent to ask students to write.
I realized my own lack of confidence about the writing traits was the issue. Now, in addition to being a science teacher, I am a writing teacher in training. I believe writing is a tool that will help students deepen their understanding and command of the science content.
When we write, we discover what we know and what we still need to learn; we clarify our thinking as we debate the small voice in our head. Writing helps us think. Like other tools, the more we use it, the better the results.
I believe that writing in science needs to be broader than the traditional lab report, research paper, or essay question. While those are essential formats for a science student to master, scientists also write letters, bulletins, flyers, and other less formal pieces.
I believe in allowing students to express themselves through their writing, so I like to offer novel writing prompts or assignments like song lyrics, a poem, or a recipe.This on-line resource is used in the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) workshops for teachers, and it is designed to inspire writing about science in the classroom.
Teachers who take our workshops are asked to propose lessons that we could house on this webpage. Printable Science Writing Prompts In our homeschool experience, I have found writing prompts very useful when teaching my children how to write.
Learning proper spelling, grammar, and sentence mechanics can be stressful enough for students. Writing Across the Curriculum: R.A.F.T. Prompts for Science Class building a writing prompt that challenges students to think deeply about science.
Classroom writing assignments can feel very unauthentic to our students. As daunting as writing across the curriculum may sound to some teachers, there are a lot of positive things about incorporating writing into your lesson plans! Writing is a great way to engage all of your students!
Back in , then-elementary school Principal Catherine White focused on writing in the Attleboro (Mass.) Public Schools. And with that, the school’s fourth graders beat the state average for long composition on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.
“Not one kid cried during long comp ,” she recalls. Discover creative writing ideas by writing across curriculum areas. The history textbook, the science journal, the math equations: the material you teach on a daily basis all contribute to a vein of golden creative writing ideas, rich with nuggets of opportunity and possibility.