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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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16. Negotiating American History: Bilingual Learners Collaboratively Compose Information Texts (Fifth Grade)




A small group of bilingual students worked together to create a report on the French and Indian War. Their teacher placed them together and encouraged them to use Spanish, their first language. Two preservice teachers, Ms. Tabitha (L1) and Ms. Alicia (L2), self-selected to work with this group. This case focuses on their instructional choices and the students’ corresponding reactions.


• Fifth grade class

• K–8 Catholic school

• Six bilingual learners (fluent English and Spanish speakers, except for one boy who was still becoming fluent in English)

• Lesson taught by Ms. Tabitha, a white 38-year-old woman and English- only speaker

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