Writing Instruction and the Common Core

If you have questions about writing and the Common Core, the following LearnZillion webinar will help. Joey Hawkins, the founder of the Vermont Writing Collaborative and author of Writing For Understanding: Using Backward Design To Help All Students Write Effectively, provides her answers to a number of questions and shares advice for practitioners. You can watch the entire webinar or go straight to a topic/question from the annotated minutes below.

1:57 What is different about writing instruction in the age of Common Core?

5:29: What is the relationship between writing and content knowledge?

7:38 Ensuring that students have enough content knowledge to write on a subject.

8:54 How do writing expectations change as students move through the grades?

13:45 What is the best way to integrate the language standards and the writing standards? (15:30, the research on stand alone grammar lessons.)

18:29 Shifting from opinion writing in 5th to argumentative writing in 6th.

21:12 Notes on the resource In Common. (Washoe contributed to this effort.)

26:17 How does narrative writing fit within the CCSS?

30:01 Recommendations and supports for English Learners.

About Aaron Grossman

I am a 5th grade teacher at Roy Gomm Elementary in Reno, Nevada. I started working with elementary students as part of the Montana Reads program and AmeriCorps. In 2001, after graduating from the University of Montana and moving to Reno, Nevada, I student taught at Rita Cannan Elementary before receiving a 6th grade position at Veterans Elementary. I moved out of the classroom to be a Literacy Coordinator, then an Instructional Coach, and finally a School Improvement Program Coordinator. In 2011, I began working on the Nevada Academic Content Standards in the district’s Curriculum & Instruction Department. I returned to the classroom for the 2015-2016 school year to teach 4th grade at Huffaker Elementary. Before returning to the classroom, I helped develop the Core Task Project that has been featured by National Public Radio, the Gates Foundation, American Radio Works, Eduwonk, the Fordham Institute, Vox, and the Center for American Progress. In 2014, I received the Leader to Learn From Award for my teacher-centered initiative and work to bring college, career, and civics ready outcomes into Northern Nevada classrooms (here). In 2015, I was appointed by Governor Sandoval serve on the Statewide RPDP Council. The same year, Nevada’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Canavero placed me on the state’s State Improvement Team. This year I will be part of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s Teacher Advisory Group. I am Google Certified Educator and a Nevada Teacher Ambassador. I believe strongly that teaching content is teaching reading and I make sure my students have ample opportunities to work with social studies, history, science and art outcomes. I do what I can to blend the learning for my students and this blog is part of that effort. You can contact me at coretaskproject@gmail.com
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