Critical Writing

from the Fundamental Five

Review

Purposeful and intentional writing

Plan the writing prompts or stems during the planning process

Content writing based on objectives (SE’s)

Should occur in content area

The writing solidifies the learning for students

General Practices

Notetaking

What did you already know about this material?

What is new to you?

Does anything contradict what you already knew?

Does anything expand or provide more evidence for what you already knew?

What don’t you understand?

What support does the speaker or writer give for his or her facts?

What patterns of reasoning does the speaker or writer offer as evidence?

Have you encountered reasoning like this before? If so, where? Are these patterns typical of the discipline as a whole?

Minute Paper

Students write short written responses to one or two questions provided by the teacher regarding the learning.


Short, written responses from students at the end of class in response to one or two questions, such as:

  • "What was the most important thing you learned during this class?"
  • "What important question remains unanswered for you?"

The Muddiest Point

Students write down the most confusing or least clear part of what they just heard or saw. Teacher collects responses which provides immediate feedback on student understanding of presented material.

The Muddiest Point involves asking students to write down the most confusing or least clear part of what they just heard (lecture) or saw (video). These responses are collected by the teacher and provide immediate feedback on student understanding of presented material.

Pros and Cons Grid

Students search for at least two sides to the issue in question Works well in:


  • Social Studies
  • Language Arts


The values are being examined

This exercise forces students to go beyond their initial reactions and to search for at least two sides to the issue in question. They cannot used first 2 responses; think deeper

Reflective Journals

  • extensively several times a week,
  • summarizing what they learned
  • raising issues and problems.

Don't Break the Bank

An administrator has asked you to explain the educational benefits of critical writing. Compose a response to their inquiry.

Each word you write will cost .10¢

You must spend between $2.70 and $3.00.

Incorporating Physical Education

Writing from the Common Core

Closing Activity

List the strategies that you will implement in your classroom.

Which strategy do you think will be the hardest to implement? Why?

Which strategy do you think will be the easiest to implement? Why?