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Special Issue

Writing Across the Secondary School Curriculum

Guest editors: Pamela B. Childers and Michael J. Lowry, The McCallie School

Writing in secondary schools is a multidisciplinary enterprise that involves nearly every course in the curriculum. Students often indicate on surveys that they do a substantial amount of writing in history, science, foreign language and seminar classes in other disciplines, suggesting a clear need for further research and investigation. While Sommers and Saltz (2004) as well as Lunsford and Lunsford (2008) have given English teachers a fairly clear understanding of what students are required to do in FYC classes when they reach college, one important question still remains: How are students—in both college-prep and non-college-prep courses—writing to learn and learning to write disciplinary discourse in secondary schools? This special issue sheds light on the experiences our students have before entering higher education and the role disciplines other than English have had on their writing.

Contents

Introduction to Writing Across the Secondary School Curriculum
Pamela B. Childers & Michael J. Lowry

Conversations among Teachers on Student Writing: WAC/Secondary Education Partnerships at BSU
Michelle Cox & Phyllis Gimbel

Writing Science in Hard Times
Michael McClellan, Dawn Myelle-Watson, Brad Peters, Debora Spears, & David Wellen

Paving the Way for Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC): Establishing Writing Centers and Peer Tutoring at High Schools in Germany
Luise Herkner, Mandy Pydde, & Simone Tschirpke

Empowering Student Writing Tutors as WAC Liaisons in Secondary Schools
Amber Jensen

It's Not Just the Facts, Ma'am: Writing for Success in Career Education
Caren Wakerman Converse

Illuminating Possibilities: Secondary Writing Across the Curriculum as a Resource for Navigating Common Core State Standards
Danielle Lillge

Creative Literacy: A New Space of Pedagogical Understanding
Kelly A. Hrenko & Andrea J. Stairs


Publication Date: December 8, 2012