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1 Mnemonic Devices Writing Across the Curriculum Sarah Bleshenski
Santee Wateree Writing Project Summer 2011

2 Rationale Words go beyond the English Language Arts classroom.
Students can explore their thinking and express it in different ways. I assigned a writing assignment, short response, and the students couldn’t understand why they would write in Math.

3 Rationale Subjects are not separated in “the real world”.
Mnemonic devices allows students to play with words, while finding ways to learn vocabulary. Works with all subjects, SS, ELA, Math, Science, physical education, chorus, and even band.

4 Research “improving writing skills improves their capacity to learn” (Urquhart) These changes are due to lower scores, “almost twenty years of declining SAT, ECT, ACT, and GRE” (Kinneavy). Organization, and format that are acceptable in one discipline may not be at all acceptable in another (Wells). Some common WID assignments are reports, literature reviews, project proposals, and lab reports” (Wells).

5 Research Writing across the curriculum has been practiced and researched since the eighties.

6 Activity #1: Brainstorming
Brainstorm words beginning with the letters provided. Remember to use all parts of speech!

7 Activity #2: Chain Reaction
Connect words by adding one word at a time, starting with the given word. Example: baby bottle top rank smell flowers

8 Activity #3: Mnemonic Device
Create a sentence or phrase, using the beginning letters of the items you are trying to remember. In my class, my students used the units of the metric system to create their mnemonic devices. Kilo-hecto-deka-base-deci-centi-milli Student examples

9 Student Examples K- Kings H- hate D- dragons B- because C- crush
M- men By Megan (Images have been changed)

10 Student Examples K- Kangaroos H- hop D- diagonally B- but D- don’t
C- chase M- mice (Images rearranged)

11 Back to the Activity Use the words you brainstormed for reference (You do NOT need to use these words) to create a mnemonic device for the order of operations. P (parenthesis) E (exponents) M (multiplication) D (division) A (addition) S (subtraction)

12 Sharing in Class What did you create? Other ideas:
Geography- Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior) Social Studies (Age of exploration) - Countries that sent out explorers (Spain, Portugal, England, France, Netherlands) Science- The path of the digestive system (mouth, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, intestines, anus)

13 In conclusion, “Writing in mathematics gives me a window into my students’ thoughts that I don’t normally get when they just compute problems. It shows me their roadblocks, and it also give me, as a teacher, a road map.” -Maggie Johnston

14 Bibliography "The Human Digestive System." infoplease. Pearson Education, Web. 14 Jun <http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/sci/A html>. Kinneavy, James. "Writing Across the Curriculum." Modern Language Association 1983: Web. 14 Jun 2011. Wells, Jaclyn. "Writing Across the Curriculum: An Introduction." OWL at Purdue 21 April 2010: n. pg. Web. 14 Jun 2011


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