Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider
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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