Connecting Composing Strategies, Digital Literacies, and Disciplinary Content to the Common Core
Edited By Jenifer Jasinski Schneider
18. The Rights to Write: How the Constitutional Convention Helped Students Compose (Sixth Grade)
STEPHANIE M. BENNETT
This case describes one writing lesson from an integrated language arts and social studies unit on the Constitutional Convention. Mr. Sweeney, the classroom teacher, used the jigsaw method (Aronson, Blaney, Stephin, Sikes, & Snapp, 1978) as a means to disseminate information. He chose specific mentor texts—Shhh! We’re Writing the Constitution, by Jean Fritz (1987); If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution, by Elizabeth Levy (1992); We the People: The Story of the Constitution, by Lynne Cheney (2008); A More Perfect Union: The Story of the Constitution, by Betsey Maestro (2008); and Designing America: The Constitutional Convention, by Sean Price (2007)—at a variety of Lexiles, to meet the needs of his diverse group of students.
• Sixth grade
• Public school: 100% minority students, 95% free or reduced lunch
• Class: 20 students, 11 males, 9 females, 20 African Americans, 12 students reading below grade level, 8 students who read at grade level
• Teacher [Mr. Sweeney]: White, male with 5 years’ experience ← 217 | 218 →
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