"Whenever it comes to writing," says Smokey Daniels in this video, "most teachers feel like their primary responsibility is to grade it." But that shouldn't be the case, he argues alongside Nancy Steineke. The work of students should be honored and activities in the classroom should reflect that. Smokey provides tips to share different types of writing work, while Nancy says well, if you have to grade, here are some better and more productive ways of assessing work while still honoring it.
Reading competes with so many things for kids' attention these days, says Nancy Steineke in the video below. With coauthor Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, she talks through why their new Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Writing emphasizes short, high-interest pieces of writing to keep students engaged.
While we must commend the Common Core Standards for recognizing the importance of literacy in all content-areas, a literacy long overlooked, the Core’s narrow vision of writing concerns us. Yes, of course we want students to be able to write cogent arguments, expositions, and narratives, but where in the Standards is the route that leads to this sophisticated writing? Where is the practice? That’s the bridge we offer in Texts and Lessons for Content-Area Writing.