Writing to Learn
Writing can be used as a tool to support students’ learning in all content areas. When students paraphrase and convert text into their own words, they are not simply engaged in rote (shallow) learning. Instead, writing about material read and presented in class encourages students to reflect on their understanding of key concepts and organize and integrate ideas into a coherent whole. This can be done several ways, including (but not limited to) structured note-taking, written summaries, question and answer development, and application essays.