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