Academic journal article Childhood Education

Using Evidence in Writing: An NCTE Policy Research Brief

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Using Evidence in Writing: An NCTE Policy Research Brief

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USING EVIDENCE IN WRITING: An NCTE Policy Research Brief. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2012. 3 pp. As we examine the changing ways we teach writing in 21st century classrooms, greater consideration must be given to the many modalities and collaborative venues that our students utilize when they write. These new ways of writing are accompanied by the need for students to produce evidence-based information within their writing. The Common Core Standards' emphasis on expository writing heightens the need for cross-disciplinary approaches when presenting information. Because of increased research expectations in classrooms, teachers should develop and promote writing strategies that avoid plagiarism.

Several strategies are provided in the research brief to move students to more proficient means of presenting information through writing, especially those with a limited background in research and/or writing. Teacher modeling in evidence-based writing is important because it embodies the process of finding and using credible sources. Patchwriting, a method of rewording or restating information from primary sources, gives students opportunities to develop exemplary habits of expository writing. …

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