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  •  actually I did no such thing (2+ / 0-)
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    I simply noted that quality writing - which is essential in the social studies - is ignored in the scoring of the test and thus to prepare my students for the test in a sense I have to teach them to write badly.  To be more specific, it is a waste of time to write a topic sentence or a conclusion, both of which are considered part of good social studies writing (independent of what is done is English) because no credit is given for them in scoring the free response question, and thus students are wasting time in writing them.  Now, I had students who did so fluently as part of their writing process, but others struggled to craft the topic sentence and that hurt them because they would run out of time before hitting all the points on the rubric.

    I will also note that in talking to college professors of Government -  and there were a number of them who like me were scoring those responses - it was almost unanimous that they would mark down essays on their tests that were not properly organized - for them you needed clear statements of the topic and proper conclusions.  Thus the writing being done on that AP test was NOT appropriate preparation for college-level work.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:42:19 AM PST

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    •  Or in scientific writing. (1+ / 0-)
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      See below.

      Even in science courses, you need to be able to express yourself coherently.  And if you are going to do science for a living, you need to know how to read and write.

      My "Global Warming" seminar is less about Global Warming than it is about scientific literacy and being an intelligent citizen.  I warn my non-science students that in three years, they will be sitting in a suit behind a Congressman and whispering advice in his ear at a Congressional hearing.  They better know more science than the average American.

      We will never be free from fear as long as we fear the NRA.

      by captainlaser on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:56:49 PM PST

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