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Frame of Mind
Why emphasize writing to learn in content areas?
Why integrate writing and reading?
How might teachers create occasions for students to write to read and to read to write?
How can teachers use exploratory writing activities to motivate students to read and write?
Frame of Mind
How can teachers use journals to connect writing and reading?
How can teachers develop essay writing through RAFT activities?
Why and how do teachers guide the writing process?
What problems did you have with your text assignment?
What would you like to get off your chest?
What do you like (dislike) about _________?
Historical character journals
Sketchbooks in art
Freewriting response journals
Double-entry journals (DEJs)
Double-Entry Journal Sample
“What is the solar system?”
It is nine planets, along with asteroid belts, starts, black holes, and so on.
“What does it mean to you?”
The solar system is a mystery to me. I know the planets and stuff, but how did it come into being? Galileo had something to do with the solar system, but I’m not sure exactly what. I would like to find out more about it.
Essays are effective writing-to-learn tools when…
content exploration and synthesis, not form and organization, become the primary motives for the writing assignment.
writing involves reading more than a single text source.