chapter  Chapter 6
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Make Writing an Authentic Process in Every Classroom

WithLori G. Wilfong

For more than a year, the social studies department at a local middle school had worked to embed writing in every class. After an initial meeting with me to develop a framework that laid out expectations for daily, weekly, and unit writing, I had the opportunity to visit classrooms towards the end of the year. At the beginning of one class, the students sat down and immediately took out their notebooks to respond to a prompt on the board. “Entrance slip time!” the teacher sang out. One student responded, “We write more in here than we do in English!” The teacher shot back, looking at me across the room, “Mission accomplished.”