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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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19. Getting a Clue: Textual Toys and Shifting Designs for Digital Composition (Sixth Grade)




Children use textual toys in their writing (e.g., popular music, TV, movies) (Dyson, 2003). In this case, I followed one particular textual toy throughout the composition process. A group of girls created a funny murder mystery, similar to the game and movie Clue, which contains a familiar textual toy (or meme) of a mysterious murder. In this case, I describe how the murder transformed over the digital composition process and how traditional literacy skills were modified to include multimodal content.


• Summer week-long digital video camp for middle school students, sixth–eighth grades

• Local historic theater: Typically middle-class, two- parent homes (paid camp $150 per week)

• Group: 4 females; 3 white, 1 Asian.

• Teacher: White female, new teacher. Working as a camp counselor in the summer digital video camp ← 227 | 228 →

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