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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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8. “There’s no electricity in Cracker Country”: Writing from Experience (Second Grade)




Following a field trip to Cracker Country, Mrs. Perkins discussed the events of the field trip and created a list on the board. She used shared writing to compose a paragraph about the field trip, which also included relevant social studies content. Mrs. Perkins ended her lesson when she encouraged students to write a paragraph on their own.


• Second grade classroom

• Public school (19% minority students, 13% economically disadvantaged)

• Class: 12 males, 13 females; 0 ESL, 6 black, 4 Hispanic, 13 white

• Teacher: White female, 7 years’ teaching experience.

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