A bit of background on Writing Next
Writing Next is a report that identifies quantitative studies on writing instruction. It lists twelve elements of effective writing instruction.
Reading Dean’s What Works in Writing Instruction
I was most interested in the chapters on writing strategies, word processing, and writing for content learning. For each chapter, I found the summaries useful.
Writing for Content Learning
– writing is the tool of learning content material rather than end itself
– three core: writing encourages thinking, provides a record for further examination, and enables connections
– three things to consider: part of teacher’s attitude towards learning and students as part of a constructivist strategy
Overall, I think there