I write to know what I think." - Joan Didion
Joan Didion has something there. Writing can play an important part in processing difficult material, reflecting on our own beliefs, and finding ways to express in language what may only be a feeling or sense. Thanks to the National Writing Project and Educator Innovator, I had the opportunity to hear from some amazing Facing History educators how they see writing deepen students' thinking.
How does writing deepen thinking in your classroom? What strategies do you find most useful?
From its inception almost 40 years ago, Facing History and Ourselves has honored writing as a tool to help students reflect ethically, engage emotionally, and process new information and perspectives from literature and history. Follow the links below to learn more about the strategies and resources mentioned in the webinar:
- Silent Conversation/Big Paper
- Common Core writing prompts and strategies
- Found Poems
- Twilight Los Angeles
- Choices in Little Rock
Click here to watch the webinar on the Educator Innovator archive page.