Prepare for the Workshop
To prepare for this workshop, you will review the strategies you already use and read two articles about writing in content areas.
What Do You Do?
Consider the kinds of writing assignments your students do, and the opportunities they have to incorporate writing in a variety of subject areas. Then answer the following questions, jotting down your answers in your notebook:
- What have your students written outside of language arts and/or a writing workshop?
- What have some of the challenges been when asking students to write in content area classes other than language arts?
- What benefits have you noticed?
- What are your goals for having students' write in a variety of content areas?
Examine the Literature
Print out the Examine the Literature Response Chart (PDF). Then read each article listed below, recording your ideas on the chart during and after reading. When you have finished, save your chart to submit as an assignment.
What's the Purpose? Students Talk About Writing in Science (PDF)
This article includes suggestions for teaching science writing in the elementary grades and features interviews with fourth-grade students and their experiences writing in science.
Tower, Cathy. "What's the Purpose? Students Talk About Writing in Science." Language Arts (National Council of Teachers of English) 82, no. 6 (July 2005): 472-483. Copyright 2005 by the National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org). Used with permission.
Hugs, Humor, Hankies, and History: Writing To Bring Social Studies to Life (PDF)
In this article, a fifth-grade teacher shares how she anchors social studies curriculum to the narrative form of writing with which students are already familiar and comfortable.
Beery, Ruth. "Hugs, Humor, Hankies, and History: Writing To Bring Social Studies to Life." Primary Voices K-6 (National Council of Teachers of English) 11, no. 1 (August 2002): 18-23. Copyright 2002 by the National Council of Teachers of English (www.ncte.org). Used with permission.