Look Ma, I'm Talking Math! Writing Across the Curriculum: Exploring the Discourse and Discipline of Mathematics

This presentation begins a conversation about the need for students and teachers to deepen their mathematical understanding by learning the specialized discourse of mathematics; gives examples of what that discourse looks like; and offers three lessons that demonstrate how that discourse might be developed.

Becoming the Subject: Using Photographs to Move from Description to Narration

This lesson guides students from writing a neutral description of a photograph to writing a close, first person narrative. Working individually and in small groups, students explore point-of-view and what John Gardner called psychic distance. This demonstration is an empathy building exercise disguised as a creative writing activity, and relies heavily on collaboration.

Using Reading and Writing to Develop Critical Thinking Strategies: A Dialectical Tier in Argument Applied to Literary Analysis and Interpretation

This lesson assumes that literary interpretation and analysis is a form of argument and that a thesis is a claim with which others may disagree. The demonstration models a process by which students identify not only evidence within a text or lines of reasoning about a text that support a working thesis but also those that challenge or contradict it. The purpose of the lesson is to help students understand the importance of considering parts of a text that may not fit with the claims they initially want to make about it.

Discovering Creative Writing Through Geometry Level: elementary„intermediate„middle and high school

This is a fun way to integrate across curriculum content areas of creative writing using math concepts of Geometry that incorporates literature and art. Emphasis is on prior knowledge of basic shapes then includes language variations for students to visualize the abstract patterns, or properties of shapes by turning, flipping, and rotating. A story read aloud Grandfather Tang written by Ann Tompert, illustrated by Ed Young is used to illustrate tangram shapes can be made. Students can creatively make their own shape of an animal describing the writing process through math concepts.

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