chapter  Chapter 7
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Promote Daily Writing Strategies to Strengthen Thinking in the Discipline

WithLori G. Wilfong

Linda is a middle school science teacher who was bound and determined to make writing an integral part of her classroom. I walked into her room to find her at her desk, surrounded by stacks of paper. “This was not what I wanted!” she admonished me, gesturing at the piles of essays. “This is completely overwhelming!” I picked up a paper from the top of a stack. “What are these?” I asked, perusing a paper about the periodic table. “You said to write more, so I have been writing two- to five-page essays with my kids weekly. But I can’t keep up with this.” She looked at me over the papers with beseeching eyes: “Help!”