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Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Writing in the Content Areas

Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Writing in the Content Areas

Second Edition
Edited by:

July 2012 | 176 pages | Corwin
'Filled with easy-to-implement ideas, clearly explained. This book helps teachers differentiate with confidence. I absolutely recommend it to ALL teachers' - Steve Knobl, Principal, Gulf High School, New Port Richey, FL

'Chapman and King have done it again. The new edition has so many new activities and strategies for teachers to help students become motivated to write and become better writers!' - Linda Prichard, PreK/Fifth-Grade Instructional Specialist, Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, TN

Every classroom is made up of students at different levels of proficiency in writing. This concise guide helps teachers work with each students' unique skills and needs so that the student learns to apply information, demonstrate content mastery, think creatively and critically, and solve real-world problems through writing.

This updated edition of a best-selling book offers explicit strategies for differentiating writing instruction to help students learn content and develop as writers. The authors address how to create a climate for writing, use flexible groupings, differentiate instruction, and assess student writing. Offering new strategies and activities for effective writing instruction, this second edition:

- Covers informational text writing and critical thinking skills

- Includes guidance for working with English language learners

- Discusses current research about writing and learning

- Offers expanded coverage of assessment methods and tools

Differentiated Instructional Strategies for Writing in the Content Areas provides educators with the tools they need to address students' writing and learning needs across different grade levels, developmental stages, and learning styles.

About the Authors
Infusing Writing in the Content Areas

Writing and the Brain

Rationale for Writing in the Content Areas

Turn On the Writer

Every Teacher Is a Writing Teacher: The Power Is Yours!

2. Creating a Climate for Writing
Establishing the Effective Writing Environment

Create a Safe and Positive Atmosphere

Creating a Physical Environment for Writing

Razzmatazz to Thingamajigs

Find the Write Spot

Assessing the Physical Writing Climate


3. Knowing the Writer
Stages of a Writer

Diagnosing the Writing Characters

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

4. Differentiating the Writing Process and Flexible Groupings

Immerse Students in the Writer's Craft

Types of Writing

The Block Party

The Writing Process

Step 1: Getting Started: Prewriting

Step 2: Sloppy Copy: First Draft

Step 3: Hamming It Up: Revision

Step 4: Turning It Up: Editing

Step 5: Neat Sheet: Final Copy

Step 6: Publishing: Sharing and Celebrating

Flexible Grouping


5. Instructional Strategies and Activities for the Differentiated Writing Classroom
Teaching Writing Strategy Strategically

Informational Text Writing and Critical Thinking

Writing Strategies for ELL Learners

Differentiating Writing With Formats and Genres

Planning for Individual Needs

Writing Strategies

Writing From A to Z

6. Planning, Assessing, and Evaluating Writing
Lesson Planning Model for Writing in the Content Areas

Effective Assessment Tools


"Chapman and King make the teaching of writing transparent and accessible to practitioners, who can then develop coherent, engaging, and developmentally appropriate lessons to ensure that all (not some) students are writers! This book will be a useful tool to teacher mentors, staff developers, principals, and teacher leaders working with beginning staff. It will be a useful guide to learning communities that are looking for strategies to build competency in targeted skill areas. I'm personally going to keep a copy in my office so that when I am having a pre- or post-observation conference with a teacher, I can make references to teaching strategies, assessment templates, or ways to determine student strengths and needs."

Margarete Couture, Principal
South Seneca Central School District, Interlaken, NY

"A ready classroom reference for every teacher. The book is a blend of delightful humor, current research, and best practice that entices both the learner to reach for excellence as an empowered writer and the teacher to impart the knowledge and skills of the craft."

Barb Keating, Principal
FW Howay Community School, New Westminster, BC, Canada

"Filled with easy-to-implement ideas, clearly explained. This book helps teachers differentiate with confidence. I absolutely recommend it to ALL teachers."

Steve Knobl, Principal
Gulf High School, New Port Richey, FL

"Chapman and King have done it again. The new edition has so many new activities and strategies for teachers to help students become motivated to write and become better writers! These authors truly understand learners and working with different learners and their varying needs in writing. Their ideas are easy to use and they produce results!"

Linda Prichard, PreK/Fifth-Grade Instructional Specialist
Rutherford County Schools, Murfreesboro, TN

"It is refreshing to see the content so thoroughly covered with both theory and practical applications. Chapman and King do a wonderful job of showing how a teacher can differentiate all aspects of the writing process so that students can become authors. They also show how every teacher can be a teacher of writing! The book is not only easy to read, but the activities are easy to implement in any discipline."

Jolene Dockstader, Seventh-Grade Language Arts Teacher
Jerome Middle School, ID

"A phenomenal tool for any teacher of writing. The layout makes it extremely easy to follow, and the content covers just about anything a teacher would need to know in order to design a classroom for students of any age who are becoming authors. It is a gift to first-year teachers and veterans alike."

Becky J. Cooke, Principal
Prairie View Elementary, Spokane, WA

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Introduction

Carolyn M. Chapman

Carolyn Chapman is an international educational consultant, author, and teacher who has taught in kindergarten to college classrooms. Her interactive, hands-on professional development training sessions challenge educators to use strategies that ensure success for learners of all ages. Chapman has written many books about differentiated instruction, multiple intelligences, multiple assessments, and the brain-compatible classroom. She is coauthor with Gayle Gregory of the landmark Corwin Press book Differentiated Instructional Strategies: One Size Doesn't Fit All. More About Author

Rita S. King

Rita King has more than 20 years of teacher training experience and administrative experience as principal and director of Middle Tennessee State University's teacher training program in the laboratory school. Most recently, she was an adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at the university. She now consults internationally in the areas of multiple intelligences, practical applications of brain-based research, differentiated learning, reading and writing strategies, mathematics instruction, creating effective learning environments, and strategies for test success. She is the coauthor of Differentiated Instructional... More About Author

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