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"But I'm not an English teacher!": Secondary Writing Instruction Across the Content Areas

Educators from all subject areas agree that writing is essential, but they also concur that writing instruction can be intimidating, not to mention time-consuming. While in the past, some teachers outside of the ELA classroom have excused themselves from providing meaningful writing assignments and feedback, Common Core requires students to write in all subject areas and for a variety of purposes. Here's how you can get started.
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"But I'm not an English teacher!": Secondary Writing Instruction Across the Content Areas
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    You'll never run out of ideas for persuasive, expository, narrative or responsive writing prompts with this resource! Exactly what its title promises, each broad category of prompts comes with its own rubric, model essays and scoring explanations.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    This eclectic list of ideas is sure to grease teachers' "idea machine" when it comes to writing assignments in various content areas. It includes many suggestions for incorporating informal, yet authentic, writing processes into any curriculum.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    Writing to learn and writing to demonstrate knowledge are two key goals for social studies teachers. This post provides suggestions for writing assignments that achieve these goals, along with additional more general resources for writing instruction. It even includes a writing rubric that can be used for your entire social studies department.
  • educationworld.com
    educationworld.com

    Writing About Math

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    Shauna Konnerth says:
    The benefits of writing in math class are followed by a fantastic list of the sorts of writing assignments you could easily incorporate into your curriculum. Next, the author gives a brief tutorial on how to get started providing writing instruction in the math classroom, and finally, provides 18 practical writing prompts to get you started.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    This scientifically-minded article explains how to develop a writing assignment for science class that is sure to engage students while advancing your educational goals. It even includes a prompt-builder tool to help you create writing assignments that suit your content and class perfectly.
  • Shauna Konnerth says:
    A thorough document that explains the value of writing for all content areas, and goes on to suggest various approaches to writing instruction, as well as specific writing assignments for different subject areas. It demonstrates the breadth of writing approaches and tasks available to teachers, and while initially daunting, it is sure to be a valuable resource for educators.
  • 712educators.about.com
    712educators.about.com

    Writing Across the Curriculum

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    Shauna Konnerth says:
    Teachers outside of the ELA classroom have sometimes been resistant to giving up much-needed content instructional time in favor of writing assignments. This article provides a treasure trove of tips and links to help you incorporate writing into your subject area in an efficient, time-saving way.