ERIC Number: EJ707304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct-1
Reference Count: 29
Writing in the Physical Education Class
Behrman, Edward H.
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD), v75 n8 p22 Oct 2004
Writing in physical education can enhance student performance in at least four ways: (1) writing to learn, which stimulates the gathering and organizing of ideas; (2) writing to motivate, which stimulates a sense of adventure, curiosity, and creativity; (3) writing to assess, which allows both teacher and student to evaluate progress; and (4) writing to do, which integrates writing directly into the physical activity. This article presents practical ideas for incorporating more writing into middle and high school physical education, either in class or as homework. Sixteen specific writing genres that are appropriate for physical education are described, with a sample prompt for each: diary; reflective journal; summary; book, chapter, or document critique; prediction/hypothesis; letter; editorial; steps/sequence; description/explanation; analytic exposition; argumentation/persuasion; problem solving; chat room; brochures, manuals, advertisements; poster/display; and creative writing.
Descriptors: Physical Activities, Writing (Composition), Physical Education, Student Evaluation, Student Motivation, Literary Genres, Classroom Techniques, Middle Schools, High Schools
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191. Tel: 800-213-7193, ext. 493 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina