Don't worry if you are afraid you can't think of creative ways to use writing in your content area classroom! This blog post gives tons of them - 78 to be exact! And several come with more detailed explanations about how to use them.
Think making writing assignments or using writing prompts in your lessons is out of scope for math, science, and social studies? Think again! This blog post lists several easy ways to implement writing in content area classes that will reap rewards in student engagement and achievement.
Writing across the curriculum isn't just a good way to help students process their content area learning while developing important writing skills. It's also a way to implement Common Core Standards in real-life classroom situations. This article demonstrates how having students write in classes outside of English/Language Arts helps them meet Common Core expectations.
Need some compelling reasons why using writing in content area classrooms pays dividends? Then this article is just what you need to read. In addition to the "why," it also provides the "how" of writing across the curriculum. Numerous tips and tricks for successfully managing student writing are provided in an easily accessible format.
This video distinguishes between "learning to write" and "writing to learn." While the former may be the responsibility of Enlish/Language Arts teachers, the latter is a vital tool for teachers of all content areas to help students engage deeply in their subject matter while learning writing skills along the way as well.
Isn't writing instruction something that the English/Language Arts teachers are responsible for? While they will certainly teach the nuts and bolts of writing technique, we all must recognize that being able to explain content area topics in clearly written prose is essential. And we can't expect it to be the exclusive domain of the English department. This blog post provides a handful of very simple ways to encourage students to write in content area classrooms.