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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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5. Graphic Organizer or Fill-in-the-Blank Exercise: Teaching Expository Text Structures Using Fictional Characters (First Grade)




Enter Mrs. Walker’s first grade classroom where students invited Herman the Helper (an octopus who is the main character in their weekly shared-reading story; see Krause, 1987) into their daily lives. Mrs. Walker used prewriting and shared writing to introduce expository paragraph writing to her students. Students were encouraged to follow the model of topic sentence, three supporting detail sentences, and conclusion sentence in their paragraph.


• First grade

• Public school: High-income area, suburban

• Class: 13 females, 9 males; 16 white, 4 black, 2 Latino/Latina

• Teacher [Mrs. Walker]: White female, 9 years’ teaching experience

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