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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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9. “I HATE writing!”: The Role of Applied Phonics and Teacher Conferences in Composition (Second Grade)




When Ms. Amy added word study to her guided reading lessons, she noticed a frustrating lack of carry-over to writer’s workshop. Ms. Amy used writer’s workshop conferences to show students how the phonics features and encoding strategies they learned in word study could help them get their ideas on paper.


• Second grade

• Urban public school: 60% minority students, 45% free or reduced lunch

• Class: 11 males, 15 females; 3 ELL, 15 black, 3 Latina/Latino, 8 white

• Teacher [Ms. Amy]: White female with 23 years’ experience

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