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ERIC Number: EJ1043442
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Writing about Writing: The Challenge of Helping Students "Get It Down on Paper"
Waddell, Andy
American Educator, v38 n2 p33-37 Sum 2014
When teaching writing, this author states that there is nothing harder than trying to get a quality product, one worth reading, from a high school student. The author, however, has high hopes for the new Common Core standards, which call for students to "write routinely over extended time frames and shorter time frames for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences." This standard applies to all subjects and includes the use of precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to manage the complexity of the topic. The standard also helps establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing. The author states that the Common Core standards spell out what educators should have been doing all along: using writing to teach subject matter, and using subject matter to teach writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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