Coming to Know by Nancie Atwell. Writing to Learn in the Intermediate Grades - Heinemann Publishing
Coming to Know

Coming to Know

Writing to Learn in the Intermediate Grades

By Nancie Atwell

Coming to Know is a book for teachers who are ready to put writing to work across the curriculum. It is written by teachers of grades 3 through 6 who, dissatisfied with encyclopedia-based approaches to content-area writing, asked their students to write as scientists, historians, mathematicians, and literary critics do—to use writing-as-process to discover meaning.

One of the subjects of this volume is report writing and ways to help children produce content-area writing that is as personal and meaningful as their stories of their own experiences. Students learn how to take notes in ...

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Coming to Know is a book for teachers who are ready to put writing to work across the curriculum. It is written by teachers of grades 3 through 6 who, dissatisfied with encyclopedia-based approaches to content-area writing, asked their students to write as scientists, historians, mathematicians, and literary critics do—to use writing-as-process to discover meaning.

One of the subjects of this volume is report writing and ways to help children produce content-area writing that is as personal and meaningful as their stories of their own experiences. Students learn how to take notes in their own words, conduct interviews, record observations, design their first simple research project, select appropriate genres for their research, and apply the techniques of writing workshop in science, social studies, and reading classes.

In addition, Coming to Know explores the uses of academic journals, or learning logs. Children speculate, brainstorm, role play, correspond, predict, and ask questions about math, reading, science, and social studies—and demonstrate the power of informal writing to generate thinking. Coming to Know is also about the connections between reading and writing, the effects of using writing to learn on curriculum and planning, and the role of children's literature in teaching science, social studies and math.


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Contents

Contents:
Researching and Reporting
1. Beginning Researchers, Donna Maxim
2. Bridging the Gap, Patricia J. Collins
The Power of Learning Logs
3. Thinking and Writing in Learning Logs, Anne Thompson
4. Learning Logs in the Upper Elementary Grades, Marcia Blake
5. How Learning Logs Change Teaching, Nancy Chard
6. Knitting Writing: The Double-Entry Journal, Charlene Loughlin Vaughan
7. In the Schema of Things, Laura Farnsworth
8. Letters to a Math Teacher, Anne Thompson
Reading and Writing
9. Writing Informally About Reading, Janine Pierpont
10. Whether You Eat the Vegetables or Not, Jo Anne Lee
11. A Love of Books, Donna Maxim
Teaching and Learning
12. Showing the Way: Using Journal Writing to Develop Learning and Teaching Strategies, Nancy S. Wheeler
13. A Puffin Is a Bird, I Think, Jo Haney
14. Taking Charge of Curriculum, Cindy Greenleaf
Appendices
A. Genres for Report Writing
B. Prompts for Learning Log Entries
C. Bury Yourself in Books: Children's Literature for Content-Area Study, Donna Maxim
D. Resources for Writing and Reading to Learn

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