That's WAC!

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.

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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

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4. Focus writing with talk.

• Talk drives writing and revision

• Talk helps focus writing

• Natural questions help readers with essential details

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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.

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Find more information about writing in Jeff's Stenhouse books

Want to know more about writing in general, read 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know. Want to know more about grammar and editing, see Mechanically Inclined, Everyday Editing, and Revision Decisions (Sentence combining w/Deborah Dean)
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Jeff Anderson

Jeff is a writer of books for teachers of writing and middle-grade humor. Check out his Zack Delacruz series: Zack Delacruz Me and My Big Mouth (Sterling, 2015) and the upcoming Zack Delacruz: Just My Luck (Sterling, October 2016). He splits his time between author visits for his fiction and workshops for teachers around the US (and sometimes New Zealand).