Tuesday, November 18 at 9:00 pm EST/6 pm PST, please join us on Twitter for a #TeachWriting chat on Interdisciplinary Writing. I will be your guest host @scottmpetri .
For tonight’s chat, we will use the following definition for “Interdisciplinary” – applying more than one discipline to examine a central theme, issue, problem, topic, or experience – adapted from (Heidi Hayes-Jacobs, 1989).
Here is an example of an interdisciplinary Mock Trial I did with an English teacher a few years ago with To Kill A Mockingbird. She taught the book, I taught the Jim Crow era and we culminated with an in-class trial judged by real attorneys who had coached the students on making opening and closing statements. The students thought it was…, oh, what’s the word I am looking for… FUN!
I hope you will show up with loads of experiences and examples of interdisciplinary teaching from your school. This year, I did a great project with two of my English teachers getting students to write an 800 word essay for the Bill of Rights Institute’s We the Students scholarship contest. (My previous three blog posts describe this process.) The students were motivated because they got credit in both classes for doing the same assignment. I feel that if we can get more teachers to integrate instruction and collaborate, we can increase student engagement. Here is a sneak peek at the questions I will be lobbing your way.
Q1 Can you describe a successful interdisciplinary writing project you have participated in?
Q2 What are some barriers to implementing interdisciplinary writing?
Q3 How can non-ELA teachers approach writing in their subjects?
Q4 What types of writing instruction PD should be offered to non-ELA teachers?
Q5 Why should teachers be required to teach argumentative, explanatory, and narrative writing in all subjects?
Q6 How can Math, Science, and other subjects increase the amount of writing in their courses?
Q7 What type of feedback do you give students on their writing?
Q8 How can revision memos and peer review be included in non-ELA classes?
Q9 What are your thoughts on automated essay scoring tools? Could they help increase the amount of writing assigned in K12?
If you want to learn more about interdisciplinary writing, please consider signing up for my MOOC, Helping History Teachers Become Writing Teachers, which starts on January 12, 2015.
If you are attending NCSS in Boston, I am presenting on Innovative Teaching Strategies in Social Studies, come see me in room 310 of the Hynes Convention Center on Friday, November 21 from 8:30 – 9:30 am.