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ERIC Number: EJ1003142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Math in the Margins: Writing across Curricula into Community Heritage
Sunstein, Bonnie S.; Liu, Rossina Zamora; Hunsicker, Arthur W.; Baker, Deidra F.
English Journal, v102 n2 p16-26 Nov 2012
Imagine two classfuls of American high school students, separated by 1,500 miles and profound differences in local cultures (East Coast urban and Midwestern rural) as they correspond and collaborate in writing between their geometry classes. Reading the students' observations, one sees authentic voice, specific detail, precise language, what English teachers want to require in students' writing. One sees small samples of narration, description, argument, and comparison. What one has seen in this project supports those habits of mind. Eighty-six very different kids in very different places and their two math teachers, in partnership with one another, sharing basic curricular goals, can put a creative, local, and eloquent spin on a set of national standards--and create a sense of community they didn't know they could have. There are layers of accomplishment; the students write comfortably, with an important purpose. The writing creates a context for deep learning about mathematics. And the partnership crosses the curriculum and reverberates over 1,500 miles. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A