Things to Know about Writing Across the Curriculum
1. Write for content rather than conventions.
• A tool to deepen and demonstrate understanding as opposed to an additional activity.
• Quantity as opposed to quality.
• Write small as opposed to long.
• Respond to meaning as opposed to grammar.
2. Use power writing
• Choose a content term to review
• Write as much as you can, as fast as you can, as well as you can in one minute
• Share and determine importance and clarify understanding.
• Repeat if desired.
3. Read aloud from your content area/Note moves author’s make.
• Read aloud from content area to familiarize writers with content-specific structures
• Use the scientific method to study model or mentor texts
• React to and tryout writing that is done in the content area: field notes, reflections, explanations, and arguments
4. Focus writing with talk.
• Talk drives writing and revision
• Talk helps focus writing
• Natural questions help readers with essential details
5. Use writing as a generative act of possibility and discovery.
• Use Aristotle’s process (Classical Invention) to look deeply at your topic.
• Stop, talk, and jot
• Question, answer, and ask new questions.
• Silent conversation
• Holding thoughts and repsonding.