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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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17. Cloudy or Cumulus: Collaborative Composition and Storyboarding to Produce Print and Digital Science Texts (Fifth Grade)




Working in small groups, two preservice teachers and four fifth grade students developed text, images, and a video about a science topic. The products were assembled into an e-book and made available to parents and families through iTunes. Highlighting the work of one particular group who wrote about clouds, the authors explore the elements of collaborative composition and video production in which the students utilized graphic organizers and digital devices to compose, edit, and eventually upload their e-books to iTunes.


• Fifth grade classroom, small group setting

• University field experience for a writing methods course

• Private, Catholic school (K–8, about 85% white and 15% Latino/ Latina, middle SES)

• 2 preservice teachers: 1 multiethnic or Afro-Caribbean and European female and 1 white female

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