EDU 407: Beginning Readers

Spring 2019

Writing Instruction

tell your story scribbled in pad Tell your story flickr photo by Damian Gadal shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Teaching a student to write is more about learning how to craft a classroom that supports a writing space, giving students the space to write, and sharing the thinking behind your mindspace. Teaching writing is hard. Nobody really knows truly how.

There is the Writing Next Wreport. It outlines eleven strategies with adolescents. A bit older but the lessons apply in elementary school. I think we under estimate young writers. Children always have stories to tell.

Truth is there isn't much quantitative research on writing in the earlier grades. Donald Graves, Donald Murray, Lucy Caulkins, and others around Workshop. From a measurement standpoint writing is one of the hardest things to capture growth. Mainly because reductivist rubrics do not capture art well, and well single item assessments make for horrible modeling and multiple assessments in writing get mad expensive.

Writing is art and agency. Make a spot for these to thrive.

The Readings

Supprting Young Readers Developing Reading Club Conversation Skills.

Roth, K., & Dabrowski, J. (2014). Extending Interactive Writing Into Grades 2-5. Reading Teacher, 68(1), 33–44. Reading Link

Supporting Disciplinary Talk From the Start of School

Moser, S. (2017). Using Mentor Texts to Reach Reluctant Readers and Writers. Reading Teacher, 71(3), 371–372. Link

HOT Blogging

Zawilinski, L. (2009). HOT Blogging: A Framework for Blogging to Promote Higher Order Thinking

Reading Link

The Tasks


Complete the readings.

Annotate and look for one area you have improved as a writer and one area where you need to improve.


Write 5 out of the seven days. Writing is defined any way you want. Here is the first prompt. Have you grown as a writer? Did blogging make you better or worse?


Think about a 3rd grade students who showed the same areas of growth and other areas the students should target what would you do? Then pick someone else's third grade student and develop a mini lesson for their targeted areas of growth


  • Have a stated objective aligned to learners goal
  • Have a system in place for feedback and reflection to drive growth
  • Describe instructional routines that support writng


  • Blog posts
  • use of quoted analysis
  • Lesson plans