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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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Melinda McConnaughhay Adams, Ph.D., is an instructor at Hillsborough Community College. Her specialty is early childhood literacy. Her interests include beginning reading instruction and children’s literature. Melinda also volunteers with Early Childhood Council of Tampa, where she is developing an informational DVD for new parents to take home on the benefits of reading to young children.

Kathleen M. Alley, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of literacy education in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at Mississippi State University. Dr. Alley’s research interests include writing development and instruction across disciplines, multimodality and new literacies, children’s and young adult literature, and literacy pedagogy and the Common Core State Standards. 

Stephanie M. Bennett, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of literacy education at Mississippi State University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate elementary education content-area literacy courses. She has published in the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Journal of Content Area Reading, Reading in the Middle, and AMLE Magazine and has presented at the annual conferences of the Literacy Research Association, the International Reading Association, and the American Educational Research Association.

Susan V. Bennett, Ph.D., is currently an assistant professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of Mississippi. She taught elementary school on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and in urban schools in Ohio and Florida. Her research interests include culturally responsive pedagogy, creative arts, teacher education, and literacy with a focus on comprehension and writing.

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