Learning Log 8 (p. 66-67, 83-94)

Reading pages 66-67 and 83-94 in This Is Disciplinary Literacy, I was able to learn within the “Writing Within History and Social Studies” section that writing is frequently done on a daily basis in social studies and history. Students are usually also required to base their writing off their learning reflections or evidence-based writing from documents, journals, reports, news articles, and many more references. However, it was also explained that there is no one way of writing in social studies due to the incredible variety of topics that can be covered throughout lessons. I can agree with the wide range of styles of writing in social studies, as I would write things such as short responses, essays, research papers, and journals. I was able to gain more in-depth knowledge of narrative writing. I found it interesting how it is heavily used in social studies, as I never used that style of writing in my history and social studies classes. I had been exposed to this writing in ELA but not in social studies. By the explanation of the reading, I can agree that narrative writing is more engaging for students to complete at it is in a storytelling format and can also allow students to write a historical event from a variety of perspectives. The most common one is probably the first-person point of view, or the person facing the event head-on. I think this style of writing is engaging because students do not have set guidelines on what exactly they have to write about but rather have more freedom to get creative on how they want to tell their story based on the historical event.

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