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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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3. Not Your Grandmother’s Writing Lesson: Teaching Concepts and Conventions through Digital Interactive Writing (First Grade)




Mrs. Miles uses interactive writing strategies to guide her students’ development of a group text. The collaborative composing process was a familiar routine, but the students’ engagement increases with the introduction of a new digital whiteboard. Following a few reminders about carts and cords in the workspace, the students and teacher focus on the message and how to form letters and words to make meaning for an audience.


• First grade classroom

• Public school (46% minority students; 51.3% economically disadvantaged)

• Class: 14 males, 12 females; 6 ESL, 9 black, 5 multiracial, 1 Latino, 1 Asian, 10 white

• Literacy coach [Mrs. Miles]: White female, 13 years’ experience at the primary level; currently serves as a literacy coach (Literacy Collaborative Model) for teachers in grades k–2 ← 57 | 58 →

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