Write AWAY: Writing Across the Curriculum and Beyond

(AWAY) Authentic Writing Awaits You…

Writing is necessary and relevant to everyone! Attend this session to learn how to integrate writing activities in any subject area within your educational setting (including P.E. and Fine Arts) with creative, culturally relevant, and engaging prompts. Participants will also leave the session with a wealth of resources and ideas to motivate students to write outside of the school setting.

The objectives of this session are as follows:

  • Participants will learn to integrate writing into core subjects and beyond by applying their knowledge in stations/centers.
  • Participants will learn how to teach the major purposes for writing in a way that is applicable and relevant to students’ lives.

Audience: General (Applicable to all grade levels)
Keywords: Writing, Engagement, Curriculum Subject Integration, Literacy, culturally relevant pedagogy

Session Handouts

Reflective Writing Prompts  Download

This session discusses the need to use writing as a tool to engage and develop student thinking, by using creative and culturally relevant instruction. The information in this session aligns with (but is not limited to) the research of the following:

– Chall, J. S., & Jacobs, V. A. (2003). Poor children’s fourth-grade slump. American Educator 27(1), 14.

-Chall, J.S., & Jacobs, V.A. (1983). Writing and reading in the elementary grades: Developmental trends among low-SES children. Language Arts, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 617-626.

– Graham, S., McKeown, D., Kiuhara, S., & Harris, K. R. (2012). A meta-analysis of writing instruction for students in the elementary grades. Journal of Educational Psychology, 104, 879-896. doi:10.1037/a0029185

– Harward, S., Peterson, N., Korth, B.,  Wimmer, J., Wilcox, B., Morrison, T.G., Black, S., Simmerman, S., &  Pierce, L. (2014) Writing Instruction in Elementary Classrooms: Why Teachers Engage or do not Engage Students in Writing, Literacy Research and Instruction, 53(3), 205-224, DOI: 10.1080/19388071.2014.896959

– Martin, A.J. (2003). How to motivate your child for school and beyond. Sydney: Random House/Bantam.

– Taylor, L. & Parsons, J. (2011). Improving Student Engagement. Current Issues in Education, 14(1). Retrieved from http://cie.asu.edu/

– Winn, M., & Johnson, L. (2011). Writing instruction in the culturally relevant classroom. Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English.

Additional Resources

100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ihsTwYr1kFx9Jb08Z2w5i1MWoxYkRXZbTP4Gcbodp6I/edit?pref=2&pli=1#gid=0

Authentic Writing Ideas for Reluctant Writers:


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