ERIC Number: ED283756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Writing in Large Geography Classes.
Weiss, Mary Ann; Weiss, Edwin T., Jr.
Ideas and techniques are presented to make the instructional task of teaching writing in a large geography class easier and more effective. One technique is to allow students to engage in pre-topic and post-topic writing. Before a new topic is discussed, the teacher asks the students to write for ten minutes on anything they know about the topic. The benefits of such a technique are that it sets students to thinking about the topic, helps to stimulate discussion, and allows the teacher to gauge the level of information in the class about the topic to be dealt with. This writing should be read but not graded by the instructor as that could stifle the free flow of expression. After a topic has been covered in class, students write again for ten minutes on the topic. They consolidate and reinforce information and allow the instructor to clarify any misconceptions students may have. Other techniques discussed are "sample" essays and journal writing. Using writing in content classes provides an effective tool for both the teaching of writing and learning the content of geography. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Geographic Education (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 1984).