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Writing Across the Curriculum


"God Bless Our School" by Currier & Ives. Real schools in the late 1800s.

NOTE: These exercises are suitable for middle school to high school. Additional challenges for high school students are noted at the end of each exercise. The subject matter draws upon English, history, art, and science.

Writing can be divided into four main tasks, or purposes, which frequently overlap. They include the following:

Descriptive writing, or writing to convey distinguishing sensory characteristics (what you see, smell, feel, etc.);
Narrative writing, or writing to tell a story;
Expository writing
, or writing to explain something (usually how to do something);
Persuasive writing
, or writing to express ideas and opinions logically, often to convince others of the validity of your viewpoint.

The following exercises use the prints of Currier and Ives to practice these four writing tasks while also exploring artistic, cultural, and historic concerns.

You may use the images from this site or find alternative prints on other websites or in a collection. Many libraries have at least one book featuring the work of Currier and Ives. For a list of books related to Currier and Ives, as well as the period of American history and culture from 1840-1907, see the list of sources on this website.

Descriptive Writing | Narrative Writing | Expository Writing | Persuasive Writing

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