ERIC Number: ED263618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Writing to Learn in All Subjects.
One of a series dealing with current issues affecting language arts instruction, this paper focuses on writing across the curriculum. The paper begins by observing that schools and colleges across the country are developing school-wide writing programs, the purposes of which are to improve writing, to enhance learning of content, and to develop thinking skills. Each of these purposes is then discussed. This is followed by a list of strategies for building a district-wide program of writing in all subjects developed by the American Association of School Administrators in a 1982 critical issues report. The paper concludes by offering five suggestions to teachers wishing to incorporate writing into the study of various subjects: (1) begin by listing the main components of content, as well as the kinds of thinking, the students should learn; (2) design the writing assignment so that it will help students learn and understand clearly what they are expected to do; (3) consider how to help students at various stages of the writing process; (4) in responding to writing, develop methods that encourage students and yet communicate clearly to them about strengths and weaknesses in the writing; and (5) develop efficient methods for handling the paper load. (HOD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Note: SLATE (Support for the Learning and Teaching of English) Starter Sheet, a publication of the NCTE/SLATE Steering Committee on Social and Political Concerns.