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Taking Stock of Our Current Writing Practices

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Students learn to write by writing. It is important to think about not only the amount of time and opportunities students have devoted to writing but what those experiences look like. Often, these discussions can get stuck in logistical conversations around schedules and access to materials.  In this session we invite the group to take stock and constructively examine existing writing practices in relationship to what we understand about effective writing instruction and shifts in the standards for writing instruction.

Using the Jigsaw Protocol and examine the following four texts:
PDF of PowerPoint, "The Shifts in Writing Instruction within the Common Core"
Video from Reading Rockets, "What Works in Teaching Writing"
Video from Reading Rockets, “The Reading-Writing Connection” (7:08)

Video from Reading Rockets, “What Does Good Writing Instruction Look Like?” (4:00)

When you reconvene as a whole group, take a moment to reflect on how you might use the jigsaw protocol in a class setting. 

Post the prompts below and ask participants to take a few minutes to reflect on these in relationship to their own practices. Facilitate a group discussion on the following:
What ideas/themes emerged today? Were there any surprises?
What dimensions appear to be strongly represented in our writing programs?
What dimensions are not as well represented?

Conclude by asking everyone to name a wondering or learning goal.

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These tools were created as part of the Literacy Improvement in Rural Education through Collaboration (LIREC) project funded by the U.S. Department of Education