ERIC Number: ED254853
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
How to Teach Writing without Knowing the Meaning of AWK.
A Texas high school has initiated a writing across the curriculum program in which an English instructor first taught the writing process to 10 colleagues from social studies and science. The first session brought out concerns, questions, and frustrations and laid the foundation for trust and understanding in the working relationship. Actual training began with the second session, which included setting goals, considering more extensive use of essay questions to promote one type of writing, examining the writing process, and practicing prewriting activities. The third session concentrated on writing as a thinking and learning tool, and the fourth allowed small-group collaboration on specific areas as well as departmental efforts and sharing across the discipline lines. Lessons demonstrated practical procedures for the writing process, the use of writing as a learning tool, writing designed as an integral step in accomplishing existing course objectives, and increased potential for motivation, challenge, and student participation in learning. The ultimate goal is to have writing as an integral part of every discipline, district-wide. Initiators of the program have learned the following: (l) an appointed task force has the advantage of a small, select group, but the disadvantage of limited involvement through departments; (2) released days for the participants are a definite advantage; (3) teachers must actually perform the writing activities themselves, from prewriting through evaluation; and (4) the basic sequencing, from essays to thinking/learning/comprehending, is sound. Twelve references are listed. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Texas Joint Council of Teachers of English (20th, Houston, TX, January 31-February 2, 1985).