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Writing in Mathematics

Writing is an activity that takes time, and for that reason it is often neglected in the content areas.  The benefits of writing greatly outweigh the limits.  Just as doing mathematics requires gathering, clarifying and organizing thoughts, finding out what is known and not known, and planning to solve a problem, so does writing.  Writing in mathematics can help students make sense of the processes and help teachers understand what students are learning.

K-N-W-S Chart for Math Problem Solving - vertical

K-N-W-S chart for Math Problem Solving - horizontal


Websites on Writing in Mathematics: - Student Tutorials for Algebra - Student Tutorials for Mathematics Fundamentals

Math Songs and Poems

In Class Writing Assignments in the Content Areas

Using Writing in Mathematics

Math Journals for All Ages

Writing in Mathematics

Options for Writing in Math -PDF

A Guide to Writing in Mathematics by Dr. Kevin P. Lee - PDF

Mathematical Writing to Inform Rubric - PDF

Math Out Loud!  Talking and Writing about Math

Activating Prior Knowledge
Vocabulary Development
Comprehension Strategies
Summarization Techniques
Writing Across the Curriculum
Getting to Know Students
Technology Tools