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ERIC Number: ED257733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Writing...A Tool for Learning.
Michaels, Greta
Minnesota Council for the Social Studies Newsletter, v4 n1 Fall 1983
Addressing the concern that writing assignments are used only for recording or relating information, a program called "Writing in Content Areas" has been developed in Minnesota to help students and teachers use writing as a tool for learning. Students are encouraged to use expressive writing for working out ideas, relationships, understandings, and feelings. Teachers can assign expressive writing for many purposes, but the primary purpose is to foster active learning. Expressive writing is effective because it forces students to participate constructively by writing about their work. Such writing can be used in all subject areas. Suggestions for activities incorporating expressive writing fall into the following categories: (1) introducing a subject and finding out what students already know, (2) helping students gain control of the subject material, (3) helping students clarify their understanding of what they are learning, and (4) helping students know themselves and helping the teacher to understand them. (IS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Council of Teachers of English (25th, Mankato, MN, May 4-5, 1984).