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Casework in K–6 Writing Instruction

Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core


Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider

Casework in K–6 Writing Instruction is a collection of teaching cases that feature real teachers, real students, and real examples of K–6 writing instruction. Using student/teacher dialogue and reader-friendly narration, each case author describes a teacher’s use of print and/or media-based tools to teach students how to write for literacy and disciplinary purposes. Rather than focusing on one particular method, this book features multiple methods, such as writing workshop, 6+1 Traits, and balanced literacy, presented through authentic classroom examples. The book includes a view of writing instruction across grade levels, disciplines, and contexts. Current and future classroom teachers will be interested in the practical application and various viewpoints presented throughout the book. Casework in K–6 Writing Instruction could be used in teacher study groups, professional learning communities, undergraduate courses, Masters courses, and professional development seminars at the local, national, and international levels.
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1. Creating Illustrations and Text during Writing Workshop (Kindergarten)




This teaching case describes Carol’s implementation of a modified writing workshop to offset a perceived decline in student vocabulary skills. Carol discussed the steps and purposes of a writing workshop, then asked students to create artwork (scarecrows) to build vocabulary, develop visual literacy, and generate writing ideas. This teaching case includes a description of the conferencing provided to one student.


• Kindergarten classroom

• Parochial school: Typically middle-class, 2-parent homes

• Class: 11 males, 9 females; 16 white, 4 Latino/Latina

• Teacher [Carol]: White female, 23 years experience at the PK–K level, currently participating in a master teaching program with a focus on writing skills

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