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.
Some slides from Harness the Power of Non-Fiction Writing in All Classrooms Webinar developed by the Center for Leadership & Learning
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.Why Do Students Need toWrite More?
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.Why Do Students Need toWrite More?
1500 classrooms observed
…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 scienceOcean View Elementary,Norfolk, VA
In column one of the Non-fiction Writing Learning Log handout are six key phrases related to today’s topic of Non-fiction Writing.
Think about the following question for a minute or two and jot down your answer/s:
(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)Why Non-Fiction Writing?
“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.”
(Reeves, 2002)Why Non-Fiction Writing?
Non-fiction writing occurs in all content areas.
Non-fiction writing is writing to learn.
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.Expository Writing…
Purpose: To retell past events; usually told in the order (sequence) in which they occurred
Purpose: To explain how and why something happens or works; often combined with report or recount writing
Purpose: To persuade others to a particular point of view, not necessarily one’s own