Writing Across the Curriculum
Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:37 PM
Posted 18 December 2012 - 09:28 PM
We do this together. There is lots of discussion. Sometimes I scribe and we usually compose the summary on the blackboard before DS copies it into his book. DS watched this process for 6 months or so before I pushed him for input (he usually gave some anyway). He can now do it by himself, but I reduce the source materials down to 2 and make sure that they aren't radically different or that one adds detail to the big picture presented by the other, and I'm always on hand.
Science is similar, depending on the content area. Lab reports are a bit more formulaic. I'm currently pushing structured short answers for geography and science (seems essay writing is easier!), and we'll start lit and poetry analysis next year, with writing attached.
I'd be really pleased if WWS was released in a "Complete Writer" format so that I could run the process with our content, but I'm happy using Killgallon for creative writing and it has improved DS's writing across the board. I also pick bits out of Writing Strands.
Posted 18 December 2012 - 10:08 PM
Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:10 PM
Thanks for the links!
You're welcome. Hope it is a help to you; SWB's audio lectures are some of the best money I have spent for *anything* in this homeschooling journey. She is very good at breaking down a big concept into do-able steps. She also gave similar lectures at a classical ed. conference; they are linked in this thread. All her talks from that conference were excellent!
Posted 19 December 2012 - 01:37 PM
Posted 07 November 2014 - 04:51 PM
I do this with Classical Writing. We do the assigned projects and then sometimes it asks for a similar project done 'across the curriculum'. So we pick something from history or science or literature and re-write a narrative from there for either Aesop or Homer levels. For the upper levels, essay writing, we pick topics from our other discussions and create a thesis to work with from there.
Posted 07 November 2014 - 11:58 PM
I do it based on SWB's writing audio lectures (that Zookeeper linked). What it actually looks like varies between ages, of course.
For my 12yo, I usually grab a history book, find a passage pertaining roughly to what we're learning in history, and have him do a 3-level outline. The next day he takes the outline and rewrites it into a composition. I use a few different books for this and typing this out makes me think I really should add a science book or two to the rotation.
For my 10yo, he writes a narration after reading either a passage in our history book, or after reading about an animal in a Nature Reader, or explains a science experiment we did that day. That's twice a week. Another two days he does one-level outlines from our history book. The two oldest also do lit. essays once a week. I ask them which book they read that week, go through the discussion questions from WTM, then 12yo answers a few questions in writing. 10yo isn't writing them yet; he's still in the discussion-only phase.
8yo takes dictation twice a week and narrates to me twice a week from our science lesson, or history book, or the 3rd grade Pathway reader if I'm desperate.
6yo narrates to me twice a week from Pathway or Nature Reader and does copywork from those narrations the other two days.
So writing across curriculum for me actually means writing about our science or history lessons, and about the books they're reading, and that writing sort of becomes a part of science and history instead of its own separate subject. That also means we aren't doing worksheets or other exercises as part of those subjects; they do writing instead.