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Writing and Experiential Education: Practical Activities and Lesson Plans to Enrich Learning



ISBN: 978-1-885473-70-7
SIZE: 7.75 x 9.25

“Through writing, students are able to clarify their own understanding and answer resounding questions not only about specific experiences but also, ultimately, about a part of their life or the larger world.”

Rapparlie has given us a very creative and practical bridge to connect writing and experiential education.  The simple theoretical foundation and helpful examples and insights will inspire educators to integrate experiential writing techniques into any educational environment.  The easy-to-use, engaging activities and lessons clearly illustrate how writing can be used to allow students to reflect on lessons learned and deepen learning around any material.




Table of Contents


Chapter One: Merging Experiential Education and Writing
Experiential Education and Writing in the Classroom
Experiential Education Learning Cycle
Writing to Discover, Communicate and Make Meaning
Projects and Metaphors in the Classroom
John Dewey’s Criteria for Meaningful Educational Experiences
Preparing the Class and Classroom

Chapter Two: Experiential Education and Writing in Action
Placement and Purpose of Activities and Experiences
Letter Writing
Double-Entry Journals
Workshop Writing
Concerns and Challenges With Writing Activities
Learning More Than Just Writing

Chapter Three: Practical Activities and Lesson Plans
A Note on Timed and Themed Writing
Themed Writing Prompts
Teambuilding and Collaboration
Lesson Plans
1. Building a Cooperative and Respectful Classroom
2. Developing a Full Value Contract or Group Behavior Code
3. Using the Senses—Identifying Learning Styles
4. Junkyard: Communication, Teamwork or Trust
5. Experiential Double-Entry Journals
6. Understanding the Importance of the Craft of Writing
7. Using Observation to Make Reading and Writing More Accessible
8. Understanding the Writing Process
9. How to Organize an Essay
10. Working on Clarity
11. Word Choice
12. Writing a Thesis, Lesson One
13. Writing a Thesis, Lesson Two
14. Paragraphs and Topic Sentences
15. Using Transitions
16. Conclusions
17. Learning to Write a Research Paper
18. Referencing and Works Cited
19. Critiquing Papers and Giving Feedback: Your Own and Your Peers
20. Developing a Story or Character (for Fiction)
21. Working With Language (for Poetry)
22. Choosing a Story and Integrating Research (for Creative Nonfiction)
23. Crafting a Lede (for Journalism)
24. Finding Voice
Works Cited

Writing and Experiential Education

SKU: 9781885473707
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