Developed by Jane Cook, EASTCONN Literacy & Technology Coach Some slides from Harness the Power of Non-Fiction Writing in All Classrooms Webinar developed by the Center for Leadership & Learning. Non-fiction Writing AKA Writing Across the Curriculum.
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Developed by Jane Cook, EASTCONN Literacy & Technology Coach
Some slides from Harness the Power of Non-Fiction Writing in All Classrooms Webinar developed by the Center for Leadership & Learning
Non-fiction WritingAKA Writing Across the Curriculum
Approximately 80% of students taking the National Assessment of Educational Progress writing test have scored in the basic range for 30 years.
Business leaders overwhelmingly cite writing skills as critical to success in the workplace.
The public thinks writing skills are more important than ever.
Adolescent literacy levels have been stagnant for over 10 years.
Literacy is the main factor in the dropout rate (7000 students per day the United States).
Without adequate writing skills, students are not equipped for further education or meaningful work.
1500 classrooms observed
It’s actually quite simple…
…students who write outperform their peers who do not write.
… “As time devoted to writing increases, scores increase.”
Has used frequent nonfiction writing with collaborative scoring for over 5 years
In 2008, every 5th grade student was proficient or higher in the state’s standards for reading, writing, and science
“Non-fiction writing is the most widely read genre in the world.”
(Kamil & Lane, 1997)
“Elementary school children of both genders (not just boys) will choose to read nonfiction over stories nearly half the time, a finding that surprises many teachers.”
(Kletzien & Szabo, 1998)
“Studies have shown that academic achievement in a range of subjects and fields relies heavily on informational reading and writing.”
“With the exception of attendance, opportunities to develop skills and abilities in non-fiction writing is the ‘number-one factor’ associated with improved test scores.”
Characteristics of Non-fiction Writing
Non-fiction writing occurs in all content areas.
Non-fiction writing is writing to learn.
Is an umbrella genre for all types of non-fiction writing
Is the most common type of writing in the world.
Is not just the traditional 5 paragraph essay.
Exposes, sets forth , describes, informs or explains.
What other examples can you think of?
Write one or more connections or questions in your Non-fiction Writing Learning Log.