ERIC Number: ED278025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Teacher Developed Writing Curriculum for Culturally Diverse Classrooms.
Burden, Denise S.
Cultural diversity in the classroom is often seen as a block to learning and teaching, and the Urban Humanities Writing Project (UHWP--Greater Boston Area), a program which combines the teaching of writing with the principles and practices of multicultural education, was developed specifically to combat this negative view. The first component of the UHWP is a 13-week graduate level course for teachers and school administrators, since among the original assumptions were the following: (1) change can best be accomplished by those who work in schools; (2) teachers of writing must write themselves if they want to improve their students' writing; and (3) programs designed to improve the teaching of writing should involve teachers at all grade levels (K-13) and from all subject areas. Outstanding project teachers are then invited to participate in a 3-week summer institute (each week has a general focus), where each participant develops a multicultural writing curriculum unit appropriate to his or her grade level and subject area. During the final week, teachers construct their curriculum units, working individually and in small groups. By the end of the institute, teachers have produced a unit to be implemented during the upcoming school year. (Samples of student writings are included.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Content Area Writing, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Cultural Differences, Cultural Interrelationships, Culture Contact, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Heterogeneous Grouping, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Innovation, Minority Groups, Multicultural Education, Social Differences, Teacher Developed Materials, Writing Evaluation, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (76th, San Antonio, TX, November 21-26, 1986).