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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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7. Three Reasons Why: Teaching Writing through Repetitive Text Structures (Second Grade)




A look into Cecily Morrissey’s classroom revealed a neatly organized and quiet learning environment. Her teaching focused on how to respond to a prompt recycled from the state’s standardized writing test. Cecily reviewed the necessary components of introductory and main-idea paragraphs, followed by a shared writing exercise of two sample paragraphs. Then students return to their seats to try writing on their own.


• Second grade

• Public school: Affluent area with lower-, middle-, and upper-SES students

• Class: 12 males, 7 females; 11 white, 5 black, 3 Latino

• Teacher [Ms. Morrissey]: Italian American female with 12 years’ experience

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