Integrating Language and Content:
Classroom Ideas Writing Across the Curriculum: And districts all over the country are adjusting their curriculums to meet the challenge. The Common Core requires students to think and learn in a much deeper way, and one of the best ways to facilitate that deeper learning is to get kids writing.
Not just in English class, but all the time. Writing regularly, in all subject areas but especially in math, social studies, and science is going to be crucial. Writing Across the Curriculum is a movement that began in the s and is gaining a lot of attention these days.
The new standards will require that content area teachers reinforce the benchmarks that ELA teachers traditionally have covered in their classrooms. This means that the burden of literacy will shift to the entire teaching staff.
Going forward it will be more important than ever that teachers coordinate their lesson plans in support of the Common Core Standards. Why Write Across the Curriculum? Learning to write, and write well, is a crucial life skill. We communicate through the written word on a daily basis via email and text.
In addition, studies have shown that writing helps boost student achievement across the board because it actively engages children. It helps children remember and understand material much more than passive forms of learning like reading and listening.
Writing develops critical thinking skills. Writing promotes independent thinking. In order to write, you have to have a point of view. Writing Across the Curriculum Benefits Teachers 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 allof your students!
Writing helps teachers monitor student progress and gauge their strengths and weaknesses. Writing saves you time! Writing can be a very efficient way to cover multiple standards at once because it is such a complex, multifaceted task. Students learn best by writing.
The point is deeper learning, not a perfectly developed writing product as one would aim for in English class.
There are many ways to incorporate writing into lesson plans without requiring a teacher to become a six traits whiz. Journal writing is a great way to create confident writers.
Journals are an informal place for students to summarize their thoughts and think about class content, no matter what the subject. You can give the children writing prompts or just let them write freely! After a lecture or presentation, invite the children to record their thoughts.
Then pair them up with another student and have them discuss the topic.
Finally, open the discussion up to the whole class. Quick-writes are great ways to get students to practice writing and critical thinking skills. Set a timer for 10 minutes and give the children a writing prompt. Anything that gets them thinking…and writing!
Short writing is going to be as important as long writing with the Common Core Standards. All children will have to express coherent thoughts in both short and long time periods.Engaging English Language Learners I’ve thought allot about English Language Learners.
Perhaps because million students in the United States during the school year were English language learners (National Center for Education Statistics ).
Looking to provide more writing opportunities for the ELL students in your content area? Join us at the Region 13 ESC on February 14 for Writing Across the Curriculum with Bilingual/ESL Specialist Cody Fernandez. This training is for teachers in grades Guiding Principles.
Support English-language development across all domains. Dual language learners need support not only in language and literacy activities but across the curriculum. 6. Use language as a meaningful tool to communicate. language learners the ways in which writers use literary devices such as figures of speech, similes, idiomatic expressions, metaphors, imagery, analogies, and the prosodic features (rhythm, intonation, and phrasing) of the dialect.
GuidinG PrinciPles for dual lanGuaGe education The following document is designed to be used by dual language programs as a tool for planning, self-reflection, and growth. The guiding principles described here are based in large part on the Dual Language Program Standards developed by Dual Language Education of New Mexico (monstermanfilm.com).
5. Support English-language development across all domains. Dual language learners need support not only in language and literacy activities but across the curriculum.
6. Use language as a meaningful tool to communicate. Like all children, dual language learners learn through meaningful interactions.