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Monday, February 15, 2016

Exploring Writing in the Content Areas | Maria Carty

“Every writer approaches the task of writing in a different way. It is unrealistic to expect that every student’s writing will progress through the same steps in common sequence.”

Genre: Education and Teaching. 
Number of Pages: 128.

This book is meant to help teachers other than English teachers (i.e. math, science, social studies) incorporate writing into their classes. It could also be used to integrate other subject areas into an English course. I think this is meant for elementary and middle school, but I think some of the strategies are good for high school, or even college. 
This book contained a ton of super helpful graphic organizers and charts that could be used to aid in a student’s research or writing process. I just wish that they had come on some sort of disc. It is easy to scan in the pages, but a disc would have been even easier. 
This book is broken down by: the processes in writing, the purposes of writing, and how to provide feedback. I think that feedback is a crucial part of the writing process that tends to be overlooked, so I really enjoyed that section. I like that it also contains specific information and organizers depending on what paper the students are trying to write: informational, persuasive, descriptive, procedural, comparative, reflective, and creative. 
This book offers many ideas and activities, but does not go into much depth about any one area. You could use this as a starting point for lessons, but it does not contain a detailed script. For me, the most valuable thing about this book was the appendix of graphic organizers. There was also some really great example mentor texts, and those are always invaluable. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think! 
“How can we help students without doing the work for them?”

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Amber Gregg ♥