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.