Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider
15. Hot and Spicy Words: Motivating Writing and Vocabulary Development (Fifth Grade)
Using a series of classroom routines and unexpected activities, Mrs. Quintero created a classroom atmosphere that encouraged risk-taking and learning enjoyment. In this environment, she guided students to focus on their word choice and vocabulary development to improve their writing.
• Fifth grade classroom
• 22 students: 14 boys, 6 girls
• Class: 14 black, 4 Latina/Latino, 4 white
• Socioeconomic status: predominantly low socioeconomic status, 95% free/reduced lunch
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