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1Mnemonic Devices Writing Across the Curriculum Sarah Bleshenski Santee Wateree Writing ProjectSummer 2011
2Rationale 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.
3Rationale 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.
4Research“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).
5ResearchWriting across the curriculum has been practiced and researched since the eighties.
6Activity #1: Brainstorming Brainstorm words beginning with the letters provided.Remember to use all parts of speech!
7Activity #2: Chain Reaction Connect words by adding one word at a time, starting with the given word.Example:babybottletopranksmellflowers
8Activity #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-milliStudent examples
9Student Examples K- Kings H- hate D- dragons B- because C- crush M- menBy Megan(Images have been changed)
10Student Examples K- Kangaroos H- hop D- diagonally B- but D- don’t C- chaseM- mice(Images rearranged)
11Back to the ActivityUse 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)
12Sharing 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)
13In 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
14Bibliography"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