Writing Strategies for U.S. History Classes A Guide for Teachers by Scott Whipple


Writing Strategies for U.S. History Classes A Guide for Teachers by Scott Whipple

Many students tire of writing essays and research papers day in and day out. This guide provides numerous ways to incorporate multiple methods of writing in their classroom. Scott Whipple includes more than 180 types of writing activities that can be assigned in U.S. History courses. Special features include: * In-class writing tasks * Homework assignments * Unit projects and semester projects * Opening and closing activities * A full definition and explanation of each writing strategy Good writing does not have to be limited to the English classroom, and this book provides ample opportunities for teachers to challenge students to become quality writers. Writing Strategies for U.S. History Classes will be of interest to secondary social science teachers and curriculum directors.


This book is a must-have for teachers, principals, literacy coaches and educators who plan and implement staff development for schools and districts. The activities are classroom tested by the author who is an outstanding teacher and literacy leader in the second largest district in Oregon. Mr. Whipple has defined writing across the curriculum in activities that work with students and will provide valuable assistance in raising student achievement. -- John Weeks, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment, Salem-Keizer Schools, Salem, Oregon These kinds of activities help the students understand history in a way they can relate to their own experience. Everything offered is effective and practical, the kind of thing teachers 'can take back to the classroom and implement Monday morning,

-services. -- Laura Perez, curriculum assistant principal, West Salem High School, Salem, Oregon This small compendium contains a delightful, comprehensive list of writing activities for social studies teachers. ... This is a very useful little book. CHOICE Imaginative, academically rigorous, and inspirational. Reference and Research Book News For a new teacher this [book] would give them a multitude of ideas to incorporate in their classrooms; for a more seasoned teacher it will refresh their memory of solid ideas gained from past experience...[These] quick, easy to use, engaging activities get students to think and write in the social studies classroom. -- Shirley Lomax, president, Oregon Council for Social Science

About the Author

Scott Whipple is the Social Science Department coordinator and classroom teacher at West Salem High School in Salem, Oregon.

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106 pages


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Publication date

28th June 2006



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