Writing for Understanding: Strategies to Increase Content Learning (annotated edition)
By: Donovan R. Walling (editor)Hardback
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Writing for Understandingafocuses onausing writing as an instructional tool for increasing studentsAe understanding of content. Written for non-language arts teachers, the book provides approaches that are applicable from the upper elementary grades through high school.This resource gives teachers information and practical strategies to include student writing lessons in their instructional repertoire with specific attention to lessons that: Are content-specific across the curriculum or adaptable to various subject matter Increase student learning without the expectation that teachers will be, or become, experts in writing instruction Do not unreasonably increase teachersAe workloads
Donovan R. Walling is a writer, editor, educator, and consultant. He serves as a senior consultant for the Center for Civic Education. He has taught art, English, and journalism in the United States and abroad and has worked as a curriculum administrator in public school districts in Wisconsin and Indiana. From 1993 until 2006 he was director of publications for the education association Phi Delta Kappa International. Walling is the author or editor of more than a dozen professional books for educators and numerous articles and other publications. He is nationally recognized in the field of art education, where some of his publications include Under Construction: The Role of the Arts and Humanities in Postmodern Schooling (Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1997); the Corwin Press books, Rethinking How Art Is Taught: A Critical Convergence (2000) and Visual Knowing: Connecting Art and Ideas Across the Curriculum (2005); the core chapter on visual and performing arts for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's Curriculum Handbook (2002), and the "Art in the Schools" entry for Macmillan's Encyclopedia of Education (2003). Walling's recent books include Public Education, Democracy, and the Common Good (Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 2004) and Teaching Writing to Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners (Corwin Press, 2006).
Introduction: How Can I Teach Writing If I'm Not a Writing Teacher? 1. How Writing Increases Understanding Debunking Myths and Misconceptions Alternatives to Bloom Five Research-Based "Truths" About Writing Developing Effective Writing Questions and Prompts Daily Writing Some Thoughts on Taking Notes 2. Developing Narrative Writing Assignments What Is Narrative Writing? Types of Narrative Writing Using Narrative Writing Class Dialogue Using Narrative Writing to Build Content Vocabulary Sample Narrataive Writing Questions and Prompts 3. Developing Descriptive Writing Assignments What Is Descriptive Writing? Using Descriptive Writing Sensory Details Describing Processes Class Dialogue Translating Mathematics Giving Directions Sample Descriptive Writing Questions and Prompts 4. Developing Expository Writing Assignments What Is Expository Writing? Using Expository Writing Class Dialogue Writing Prompts That Require Cause-and-Effect Reasoning Sample Expository Writing Questions and Prompts 5. Developing Persuasive Writing Assignments What Is Persuasive Writing? Using Persuasive Writing Class Dialogue Persuasion and the Basics of Logic Sample Persuasive Writing Questions and Prompts 6. Developing Argumentative Writing Assignments What Is Argumentative Writing? Using Argumentative Writing Class Dialogue Follow-Up Sharing and Discussion Sample Argumentative Writing Questions and Prompts 7. Using Dialogues About Writing to Build Meaning A Basis in Socratic Questioning Developing and Using Class Dialogues Developing and Using Student Dialogues Making and Using Rubrics 8. Internet-Writing Connections and Resources Using E-Speak to Encourage Writing Online Resources Can Help Students and Teachers Websites for Students Websites for Teachers 9. Frequently Asked Questions About Writing Language Alive Usage Punctuation 10. Print Resources Books Documents References Index
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