Writing Across the Curriculum
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Writing is more than just an activity that is reserved for Language Arts instruction. In fact, writing, like reading, when taught in isolation from content is less likely to be learned successfully. Writing spans curriculum, age, and subject area. So as you are teaching and developing those writing skills, consider the fact that if a child can express what he is learning in his writing instruction to other subject areas, his learning becomes more concrete and meaningful in those other subject areas. Here are some suggestions for writing across the curriculum.

• Math: A child can record information, keep track of successes and struggles, and write story problems and goals. A parent can see her teaching in the eyes of her children and assess her skill as a math teacher.

• Art: Children can draw sketches and write matching descriptions. They can pretend they are artists famous for a particular art piece and can write about the time period they live in and the reactions they have received about their works.

• Spelling: Word walls or books are tremendous aids to a child. He can keep a record of his commonly misspelled words in his portfolio to refer to while writing. He can also list words that interest him so that he may incorporate them into his writing to make it more interesting.

• Science: This provides an opportunity to identify cause and effect, make predictions, and record experiment findings.

• Social Studies: Allowing a child to write in connection to social studies affords the child a deeper understanding of the time period he is studying and will give him a basis for incorporating factual information to his knowledge base. Summarizing material into short sentences helps your child to remember factual information and is an excellent study skill for any subject area.

• Physical Education: Journaling is an excellent means of encouraging both the uncoordinated and the athletic child. He can keep a list of strategies, game rules, and a running log of activities. Most children would enjoy writing a research report on an athlete or a particular sport.

• Bible: Many people enjoy journaling. Keeping track of verses, songs, and prayer requests help us in our day to day walk with the Lord. Also, reading a devotional, listening to a sermon, or reading a book that focuses on spiritual knowledge and growth is important to our walk with Christ. Taking time to take notes and summarize our own thoughts on these help cement those thoughts and ideas into actions.

How do you incorporate writing in your child’s day-to-day activities?? How will you include writing in other content areas?

On behalf of the HomeWorks team,
Sharon Fisher

Manager | Curriculum Specialist, Speaker Coordinator, Social Media
HomeWorks by Precept


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