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Writing… Why I Should Care! (Tips and Content Area Strategies). Nebraska City October 19, 2012. “Things to Think About”. Why should I use valuable classroom time for writing activities? What are some unintended consequences if I don’t use classroom time for writing?
October 19, 2012
Quick Write #1
Writing facilitates learning by helping students to explore, clarify, and think deeply about the ideas and concepts they encounter in
A synopsis of what Mitzi said…
Writing in the content area increases test scores in content areas.
And we also know this…
writing is a 21st Century Skill.
How can we use writing to support elements of our teaching to support the curriculum?
Quick Write #2
In Algebra 1, students work individually or in 2s in class to design a word problem to submit for a ‘class generated’ homework assignment to be given out the next night as a review for an upcoming test. The teacher conducts 30-second conferences with each student/group by stopping by and allowing each student/group to ask one focused question about the evolving word problem.
In Small Engines/Automotive class, students respond to the following cause-effect prompt: (1) Create a how-to manual for teen drivers who want to know how they can make sure the engine of their car maintains peak performance. Students are told their language must be clear and concise in order to be effective, so (2) they go on a ‘lazy word’ hunt. Each time they find a vague or overused word, they replace it with a more precise word.
In American History, students are given a newspaper article about a Civil War battle that contains too many details. The students are instructed to work in pairs to identify which details are necessary to describe the event, and which details muddle the article and are not descriptive. The teams rewrite the article using only the necessary details and/or combining details for clarity.
Quick Write #3
Accommodations: Provisions made in how a student accesses or demonstrates learning
Do not substantially change instructional level or content
Provides student an equal access to learning
Provides student equal opportunity to demonstrate what is known
Based on individual strengths and needs
May vary in intensity and degree
Work for those students who need them.
Be neutral for those students who do not need them.
Purpose is to “level the playing field,” not to provide an advantage.
student performance on tests...
(Not just for students with disabilities!)
Clarity of directions…
“Noise” on each page…
*See approved NeSA Accommodations document;
most recently updated November 2011.