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ERIC Number: ED411542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct-6
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Making the Write Connections: Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum.
Johannessen, Larry R.
Noting that the process of making and supporting generalizations and argumentation are two thinking strategies that cut across almost every subject area, this paper presents several class activities designed to improve students' ability to make and support generalizations and produce arguments in a written (or oral) composition. The first activity in the paper helps students begin to understand what a generalization is and how to generate and support it. The next two activities in the paper address urban crime legends. Another activity in the paper involves charts, graphs, and Olympic records. The paper then presents a writing assignment designed to test what students know and do not know about argumentation, and it also presents an activity designed to get students involved in arguing and counter-arguing in an encouraging and non-intimidating environment using cases that present complex problems with no easy solutions. Next an activity is presented involving refutation or counter-arguments--one of the most difficult skills for students to master. The paper concludes that providing a variety of activities that encourage students to practice these strategies in different situations and with a variety of materials will help students learn how these thinking skills apply in a variety of subject areas. An appendix contains reading materials for many of the activities, data on urban crime and Olympic records, and sample student essays. Contains 69 references. (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A