Letting Students Write on Subjects They Love Fuels Learning

Summary:  This article supports the idea that when students are interested and invested in a subject that they are writing about they are more likely to develop their writing skills.  The author also believes that students then take these writing skills and successfully apply them to other writing tasks.

Source:  Lauren Barack, Education DIVE, January 22, 2020

Description:  “The opportunity to invest their writing time in a subject that fuels their interests can also help students build important skills they need in their education, from critical thinking to analysis. Previous research points out a deep knowledge of a subject “is essential before students can analyze, evaluate or synthesize.” A student passionate about a topic likely knows a great deal about the subject, and that is a crucial first step before moving on to making connections and critically analyzing a subject, and applying those skills to other subjects, as well.”

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