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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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4. Using Mentor Texts to Write Personal Narrative Small Moment Stories (First Grade)




This lesson is a part of a larger unit on small moment personal narratives. In the unit, children take moments from their lives and describe them using detail. This lesson takes place after the class read mentor texts to discover the characteristics of “small moment” stories.


• First grade classroom

• Rural, middle-class school district in southeastern United States

• Watson Elementary School; public school, 1,078 students in grades Pk–5; 58% minority students, 62% economically disadvantaged

• Class: 11 males, 12 females; 3 ESL, 8 black, 3 multiracial, 6 Latina/Latino, 1 Asian, 5 white.

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