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RDG 507 Content-Area Writing
Transcript of RDG 507 Content-Area Writing
The Writing Process
More Meaningful Writing
"Kids expect the red pen to come down hard. And traditionally, teachers often think they must spend hours at home marking up papers. Students don't learn from it; it sends a negative signal that you're about fault finding, not helping them learn."
"Focus on just one aspect of writing at a time to help students notice it in their writing."
"Sue makes sure that when she gives pairs or groups a task, she moves around the class quickly at first. to see how kids are doing. This way she can give guidance more strategically."
The Writing Process is MORE that FOUR steps!
1. Before-Writing Activities
2. Gathering Information
4. Getting Ideas Down
Four Card Stud
5. Letting Early Drafts Rest
Plan a break
Make it REAL
Moving away from traditional writing projects
And Towards MEANINGFUL writing
All the writing your students do should not be research papers!
Research papers are HARD!
Fact + Imagination = Faction
Students chose a factual topic
and develop it into a fictional
Use your school
Identifies strengths and weaknesses.
Allow for individual goal setting
Brief, focused teaching
Sharing the Results
Once a week.
Keep conferences brief.
Allow writing to take place outside of class.
Don't start with a huge project
Do this when it fits into your teaching style and schedule.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
~Margaret Mead, American Anthropologist
Ambitious Public Writing Projects
Multip Genre P
Social Action Paper
The I-Search Paper
Multiple pieces of writing centered around one general topic.
Page 163-164 offers ideas
for different writing types
Using classroom lessons to address real world issues.
A "science fair" for writing.
Most similar to the traditional research paper
Topics are unrestricted
Written in 1st person
Writing for Tests and Assessments
1. Unfamiliar Purpose
2. Audience is limited
3. You get what you ask for
5. Only a snapshot
How to get the most out of Assessment Writing
1. Focus on the BIG ideas
2. Use higher level skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation)
3. Build in more time (take home)
4. Allow oral presentations
5. Require reflection
Writing the BEST Rubrics:
1. Involve Students
2. Keep it simple
3. Content + Writing Skills
4. Leave a Blank for Flexibility
Reading Response #7