It might seem odd to talk about project-based learning in the context of teaching writing, but I believe very strongly that these are not separate ideas. If the best way to improve writing, as I believe, is to experience a lot of different types of writing and practice a lot of different types of writing then PBL is a great way to teach writing. Plus, there is a lot of writing in PBL classrooms. There is reflective writing and purposeful writing during the work of the project as well as polished writing for the final project. But what makes PBL writing so great is that it is all writing for a reason – there are no weird, made-up, school-based genres — and that writing is create for a specific audience and intended for a specific rhetorical purpose (inform, argue, etc.).
Read the full “Project-Based Learning and Teaching Writing” post on my Metawriting blog at: http://metawriting.deannamascle.com/