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Teaching Writing in the Content Areas


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Most educators intuitively understand the critical relationship between thinking and writing: writing allows us to express what we think, but the very act of writing spurs a process of exploration that changes our thinking and helps us learn.

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Section 2. The Role of Assessment

Section 3. The Role of Technology

Section 4. The Role of the Teacher

About the authors

As a communications manager for McREL, Vicki Urquhart fulfills a variety of roles in writing, editing, and producing research-based publications and new products. An experienced presenter, she conducts workshops around the country. She has more than 20 years of experience as an educator, having taught at the secondary and postsecondary levels. Vicki coauthored Teaching Writing in the Content Areas, two booklets—Remove Limits to Learning With Systematic Vocabulary Instruction and Using Writing in Mathematics to Deepen Student Learning—and several articles for Phi Delta Kappan, Principal Leadership, and the Journal of Staff Development, among others. In 2007, she served on the planning committee that developed the 2011 NAEP Writing Framework.

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