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Uncommonly Good Ideas: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era

Date: August 27, 2015

Summary: We talked with Sandra Murphy and Mary Ann Smith, authors of the book, Uncommonly Good Ideas: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era (a co-publication of NWP and Teachers College Press), and high school English teacher Brendan Nelson about research-based best practices, including practices that ease students from one kind of writing (narrative) to another (argument).

 

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Mary Ann Smith former director of the Bay Area Writing Project, the California Writing Project, and former director of government relations and public affairs for the National Writing Project on the teaching writing in the common core era:

One of the goals of the Common Core State Standards was to avoid parsing the standards into little bits and turn the whole enterprise into a checklist for teachers and students. The idea was to go deeper and not wider...we refer to the "Uncommonly Good Ideas: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era" as the "must-sees" as opposed to the "maybes". The uncommonly good ideas are integrating reading, writing, speaking and listening, teaching writing as a process, expanding the range of students' writing and writing experiences, spiraling, scaffolding and collaboration."

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