When students make progress as writers, that progress is likely to spill over into other parts of their lives—both academic and personal. In order to be successful writers, however, students need to be connected to their writing, which might not be so easy to teach. Here are some resources from Stenhouse to give your writing instruction a boost and help your students find their voice and learn to love writing.
Redefine the Writing Assignment
Broadening your definition of writing to include alternative forms of composition, such as visual, aural, and multimodal will not only help your students find their voices as writers, it will engage all students in the classroom. In Writing, Redefined, Shawna Coppola invites you to rethink writing assignments to include these other forms and reach the following students: who prefer to use a wider array of modalities for composition; whose so-called “standard” English is not the norm; who’ve been identified as dyslexic; whose cultural traditions lean heavily toward more aural forms of composition; and who are typically considered struggling.
Writing in Math Class
Most of the time in math class is spent on numbers, symbols, and shapes. Not much time is spent on writing, aside from students explaining how they arrived at a solution to a problem. But writing can be a powerful vehicle for learning in mathematics as well as giving students yet another opportunity to connect to their writing. Luckily, Linda Dacey, Kathleen O’Connell Hopping, and Rebeka Eston Salemi have written a book about how to do it successfully. In their book, Why Write in Math Class? K–5, they show us how writing contributes to the learning of students while providing a variety of options for incorporating it into your math instruction.
Revision: The Key to Writing Well
Ruth Culham has discovered the key to writing instruction that works. In her book, Teach Writing Well, she shows us how to set up a writing classroom for success and add depth to students’ writing through revision and formative assessment. Through tools and practical ideas, Ruth gives guidance on how to help students go from drafts to smoother, more polished, and thoughtful writing using the traits of writing and the writing process. You’ll learn specific strategies with plenty of examples and practice to help you conquer revision. All of the ideas in this book can fit within any curriculum, and classroom, and grade, at any time.
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