Final Project: Expository Essay (250 points) We’ve spent our semester discussin

Final Project: Expository Essay
(250 points)
We’ve spent our semester discussing foundational principles and practices of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) as advocated for by Penny Kittle and Katie Wood Ray as well as in contemporary education and composition scholarship. Now, it’s time for you to put those principles into an essay that seeks to argue how we should (theoretically and practically) teach writing in the EC-12 classroom using WAC.
Using a research-supported, argumentative approach, your essay should argue for the effectiveness of implementing a Writing Across the Curriculum approach in two content areas in a particular target grade of your choosing. You should highlight your target grade for your reader and support, with evidence, why WAC is an effective approach to teaching writing at this particular grade level and in these particular content areas. Be sure to include any relevant TEKS into your discussion. Additionally, you should support your argument with at least two specific WAC principles, practices, or techniques introduced in this class or elsewhere in the research. These might include, for example, conferring (instructor-to-student or peer-to-peer model), collaborative learning, journaling, writing workshops, theme study, genre study, mini-lessons/focus lessons, the role of talk/dialogue, opportunities for publication/celebration, or writing for authentic purposes. You may even choose to introduce a WAC principle or practice not discussed in class but one that is supported in current education or composition research.
You should be prepared to offer theoretical support (best practices/principles as advocated by Calkins or others) and practical examples (lesson plans or activities, for example) for implementing writing in these content areas. Be sure to clearly and expertly link the theory (what we should do and why we should do it) with the application (how we should do it).
Your essay should be written formally, not like a reflection or personal narrative. That means: no first person (I/me/my/mine) or second person (you/your) pronouns; eliminate contractions or other informal speech; and present yourself in your writing as a professional education researcher targeting other educators or education administrators. Use the vocabulary available to you in the fields of composition and of teaching to express yourself.
You should include evidence from at least 5 reliable (scholarly, peer-reviewed) sources in your final paper, at least three of which were not assigned in class. For a list of helpful electronic journals to browse, see the backside of this prompt. You do not HAVE to draw from these journals; these are just some options to help direct your research.
Your essay should be a minimum of 1,500 words not including your Works Cited or References page. You will use MLA format for your paper, and focus on the accuracy of that style. I strongly recommend you reference the OWL at Purdue (Google it) for help in addition to consulting any reputable style manuals.
Writing/Education Journals
Across the Disciplines
Academic Writing
The American Biology Teacher
American Educational Research Journal
American Educator
American Journal of Education
American Secondary Education
The Arithmetic Teacher
Brain and Cognition
Brain and Language
British Journal of Educational Psychology
British Journal of Language Teaching
British Journal of Music Education
British Journal of Teacher Education
Canadian Journal of Education
Child Development
Child Language Teaching and Therapy
Childhood Education
Children’s Literature in Education
Chronicle of Higher Education
Cognition
Cognition and Instruction
College Composition and Communication
College English
Composition Forum
Composition Studies
Contemporary Educational Psychology
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education
Curriculum Studies
Early Childhood Education Journal
Early Education and Development
The Education Digest
Education Quarterly Review
Educational and Child Psychology
Educational Psychologist
Educational Psychology in Practice
Educational Research
Educational Studies in Mathematics
The Elementary School Journal
English in Education
English in Texas
English Language Teaching
High School Journal
The History Teacher
Improving Schools
Innovations in Education and Teaching
Intercultural Education
International Journal for the Scholarship of
Teaching and Learning
International Journal of Early Years
Education
International Journal of Education
International Journal of Education and the
Arts
Issues in Education
Issues in Educational Research
Issues in Teacher Education
Issues in Writing
Journal of Child Language
Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Journal of Educational Research
Journal of Elementary Science Education
Journal of Health Education
Journal of Language and Literacy
Education
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education
Journal of Reading Education
Journal of Research in Rural Education
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