Thursday, June 23, 2005

List of Ideas for Writing Across the Content Areas

Today, Nicole asked us to brainstorm a big list of ideas for writing across the content areas. Here's my version of the list (Thanks to Lorynda for helping to type it!):

Writing Across the Curriculum (from Nicole's Demo)

History/Social Studies

  • Question/answer books
  • Accordion books
  • Big wig letters
  • Historical war as a dodge ball game
  • Trioramas (paper folding)
  • Treasure maps with written directions
  • Book shares with historical novels
  • Blogging as a historical character
  • Pamphlets for or against a big historical subject (American Revolution)
  • When have you experienced something similar (connecting to history through writing)
  • Newspapers
  • Compromise comic strips
  • Voyage to the Milky Way – Life from a new perspective
  • Nova Builds a Trebuchet (Video from PBS works in multiple content areas)

Language Arts

  • Blogging as a fictional character
  • Odyssey travel brochure
  • Chris Van Allsburg study
  • Magazine as a final project
  • Students create fictional schools based on the works of Emerson and/or Thoreau, support your creations with quotes from their works
  • Double entry journal (two-sided, works in any content area) put quotes on one side, interpretation on the other)
  • Write personal ads for literary characters seeking companionship


  • One student writes a description of a piece of art, another student tries to reproduce the art
  • Respond to a work of art with a creative writing piece and/or vice versa
  • Write a book and each person in class illustrates a page.
  • Write an interpretation of an illustration
  • Place self in a painting and write from the paintings point of view
  • Personal responses to paintings-interpretations, descriptions, various points of view


  • Sciecne notebooks – toolbox, hypothesis, connections, etc.
  • Create non-fiction books – ask older students to write for younger children explaining concepts
  • Science biography – write about the events that led up to a scientific concept
  • Create your own mythology to explain acts of nature
  • Describe chemical reactions that occur in a favorite recipe
  • Life of a meal-worm and butterfly journals
  • Science lab planning/design
  • Write to Discover Magazine challenging a theory and asking scientists to refute it
  • The use of essential questions to build analysis


  • Teaching nutrition in math
  • Create math strategy toolboxes
  • Class published book of story problems to solve over time.
  • Math word wall


  • Write poetry implied from music
  • Create raps, songs around vocabulary
  • Listen to Romeo and Juliet instrumental and write a story inspired by music
  • Write a song that best represents a book or play
  • Write a piece inspired by music
Keep a practice journal and write what practicing and, needs to be done.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am sending this email with no intent other than to inform

I just spent the scariest week of my life with breathing shortness ( I could barely walk to the next room without
running out of breath)

Turns out I had a severe and COMMON allergic reaction to my sons mealworm farm.

After 3 hospital visits,
I was properly diagnosed and treated with steroids, I am still a bit short of breath
but improving.

I should note, I do not have asthma, and have never smoked.

Tonight I am doing research on this and find it very common

I also found your website stating mealworm demonstrations are part of your curriculum.

I am not sure I am ready to set out on a campaign to educate the world.

But, I felt when I saw you website I owed it to people to at least share this info. with someone.

You may want to read
or search Google for mealworm allergy or mealworm asthma

Its up to you if you pass this info. along to anyone.
I feel better knowing I have shared it.

No need to reply back


Jon Van Buren
Fax 651-638-2221