Writing Across the Curriculum. April 2010. Students need to write in every subject. Writing builds knowledge & understanding. Writing can be used to assess student knowledge & understanding . Students need more explicit instruction in informational text. “But this isn’t English class!”.
In the Language Arts classroom we have started to draw on… writing process theories and…writing workshop methods to help children learn writing. If students are able to use writing to help themselves learn, these theories and methods must find a place in the other disciplines. When content-area teachers know writing from the inside, through reading about how others in their fields have written, observing student writers, and writing themselves, they can begin to tap this most powerful tool for making sense of experience. And they can reject what customarily passes for writing in the content areas: short-answer, fill-in-the-blank, and essay tests, and, still the worst
offender… the written report.
In eight lines or more, write the things you know or questions you have about…