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Writing for Understanding

Writing for Understanding
Strategies to Increase Content Learning

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November 2009 | 144 pages | Corwin
Writing for Understandingáfocuses onáusing writing as an instructional tool for increasing studentsÆ understanding of content. Written for non-language arts teachers, the book provides approaches that are applicable from the upper elementary grades through high school.This resource gives teachers information and practical strategies to include student writing lessons in their instructional repertoire with specific attention to lessons that: Are content-specific across the curriculum or adaptable to various subject matter Increase student learning without the expectation that teachers will be, or become, experts in writing instruction Do not unreasonably increase teachersÆ workloads
Introduction: How Can I Teach Writing If I'm Not a Writing Teacher?
1. How Writing Increases Understanding
Debunking Myths and Misconceptions

Alternatives to Bloom

Five Research-Based "Truths" About Writing

Developing Effective Writing Questions and Prompts

Daily Writing

Some Thoughts on Taking Notes

2. Developing Narrative Writing Assignments
What Is Narrative Writing?

Types of Narrative Writing

Using Narrative Writing

Class Dialogue

Using Narrative Writing to Build Content Vocabulary

Sample Narrataive Writing Questions and Prompts

3. Developing Descriptive Writing Assignments
What Is Descriptive Writing?

Using Descriptive Writing

Sensory Details

Describing Processes

Class Dialogue

Translating Mathematics

Giving Directions

Sample Descriptive Writing Questions and Prompts

4. Developing Expository Writing Assignments
What Is Expository Writing?

Using Expository Writing

Class Dialogue

Writing Prompts That Require Cause-and-Effect Reasoning

Sample Expository Writing Questions and Prompts

5. Developing Persuasive Writing Assignments
What Is Persuasive Writing?

Using Persuasive Writing

Class Dialogue

Persuasion and the Basics of Logic

Sample Persuasive Writing Questions and Prompts

6. Developing Argumentative Writing Assignments
What Is Argumentative Writing?

Using Argumentative Writing

Class Dialogue

Follow-Up Sharing and Discussion

Sample Argumentative Writing Questions and Prompts

7. Using Dialogues About Writing to Build Meaning
A Basis in Socratic Questioning

Developing and Using Class Dialogues

Developing and Using Student Dialogues

Making and Using Rubrics

8. Internet-Writing Connections and Resources
Using E-Speak to Encourage Writing

Online Resources Can Help Students and Teachers

Websites for Students

Websites for Teachers

9. Frequently Asked Questions About Writing
Language Alive



10. Print Resources



"Because the writing process requires students to use and process content, it helps them understand what they are learning. Walling's book provides practical and powerful ways to use writing as a learning tool in a wide variety of subject areas."

Marlin L. Tanck, Retired Educator
Oostburg, WI

"This carefully researched book guides teachers of all disciplines through the uses of narrative, description, exposition, persuasion, and argument in pursuit of student learning. Through ample illustrations of interactive classroom dialogues and sample writing assignments, Walling introduces readers to a wide variety of ways to use writing to support learning in classes that range from mathematics and science to art and physical education. Even though having students write as a way of learning is not about 'correctness,' Walling offers reassuring chapters on grammar and usage, and his annotated bibliography of resources from across the curriculum is not to be missed."

Bruce M. Smith, Editor, Retired
Phi Delta Kappan

"Through student writing samples and classroom dialogues, Walling demonstrates 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.

"Walling provides all classroom teachers with the tools to use writing as a catalyst to learning. All classroom teachers, including English teachers, will find this book useful because it not only discusses how to set up writing assignments, but also explains how writing complements learning."

Wayne Homstad, Professor of Education
Lakeland College

"Walling has created an outstanding book that is easy to read and understand, with valuable tips that will make any teacher a more effective instructor. While we have all read 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

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