"While we have all heard of 'writing across the curriculum areas,' Walling gives us an understanding of what this really means and provides examples that any teacher can modify to expand lessons to a more meaningful level, thus enhancing both writing and critical thinking skills in students."
—Mark S. Strauss, Principal
Virginia Schuman Young Montessori Magnet Elementary School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
"Walling demonstrates through student writing samples and classroom dialogues how all content teachers can use various writing modes to enrich students' content knowledge to the level of innovation and greater clarity."
—Carol Conway-Gerhardt, President
Catholic Schools Education Alliance of the Bay Area, Inc.
Develop effective writing assignments to boost student achievement in the content areas!
You don't have to be a writing instructor or English teacher to use writing in the classroom. Writing for Understanding focuses on using writing as an essential instructional tool to deepen and expand student understanding in the content areas. Written specifically for non–language arts teachers, this book debunks myths about using writing in the classroom and offers practical approaches for the upper elementary grades through high school.
Writing activates higher-level thinking skills and engages students in concepts and content. Through sample writing prompts and classroom dialogues, Donovan R. Walling shows you how to create writing lessons that:
- Guide students in using narrative, descriptive, expository, persuasive, and argumentative writing
- Are adaptable to various subjects and disciplines
- Require students to process content using critical thinking skills
This valuable resource helps teachers in any subject incorporate writing as a tool of effective instruction.
|Debunking Myths and Misconceptions|
|Alternatives to Bloom|
|Five Research-Based "Truths" About Writing|
|Developing Effective Writing Questions and Prompts|
|Some Thoughts on Taking Notes|
|What Is Narrative Writing?|
|Types of Narrative Writing|
|Using Narrative Writing|
|Using Narrative Writing to Build Content Vocabulary|
|Sample Narrataive Writing Questions and Prompts|
|What Is Descriptive Writing?|
|Using Descriptive Writing|
|Sample Descriptive Writing Questions and Prompts|
|What Is Expository Writing?|
|Using Expository Writing|
|Writing Prompts That Require Cause-and-Effect Reasoning|
|Sample Expository Writing Questions and Prompts|
|What Is Persuasive Writing?|
|Using Persuasive Writing|
|Persuasion and the Basics of Logic|
|Sample Persuasive Writing Questions and Prompts|
|What Is Argumentative Writing?|
|Using Argumentative Writing|
|Follow-Up Sharing and Discussion|
|Sample Argumentative Writing Questions and Prompts|
|A Basis in Socratic Questioning|
|Developing and Using Class Dialogues|
|Developing and Using Student Dialogues|
|Making and Using Rubrics|
|Using E-Speak to Encourage Writing|
|Online Resources Can Help Students and Teachers|
|Websites for Students|
|Websites for Teachers|