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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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14. “Honey, what does that mean?”: Conferencing with a Struggling Writer (Fourth Grade)




Mrs. Ring prepared her fourth grade students for a mandated writing assessment by assigning them a new writing prompt approximately every two weeks. In an attempt to make the prompt more engaging for students and to build their schema for the topic, she preceded the prompt with activities or a selected piece of literature. The day before assigning the prompt described below, Mrs. Ring read aloud the book The Widow’s Broom (Van Allsburg, 1992) and explained to her students that the read-aloud was intended to launch the writing assignment.


• Fourth grade

• Public school: 31% minority 43% free or reduced lunches

• Class: 11 males, 9 females; 12 white, 3 black, 5 Latino/Latina

• Teacher [Mrs. Ring]: White female; 10 years’ teaching experience; National Board Certification; MEd in Educational Leadership ← 175 | 176 →

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