Topics: Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Strategies, Feelings about Writing.
Writing Across the Curriculum
Question: Why do writing- across- the- curriculum programs fail in the U.S.?
Answer: “Argues that cross-curriculum writing instruction has failed in the United States because it resists the compartmentalization of knowledge and challenges the assumption that writing is a single skill.” DR Russell. 1990. P. 445.
Comment: Something to think about. RayS.
Question: How do students go about writing? What methods do they use when they write?
Answer: “Suggested a need for teachers to be sensitive to…students’ writing strategies.” C Aungpredathep. 1989. Pp. 146-147.
Comment: One of the first questions to students on the first day of writing class should be “How do you go about writing?” to determine if they have any strategies for when they write. RayS.
Feelings about Writing
Question: How do individual students feel about writing?
Answer: “Unlike most work on the psychology of writing, looks at affective as opposed to cognitive aspects of writing, exploring the impact of emotion on the act of writing.” AG Brand. 1987. P. 447.
Comment: Another question for the first day of class: “How do you feel about the act of writing?” May reveal apprehension. RayS.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” RK Durst and JD Marshall. Research in the Teaching of English (December 1990), 441-457.