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Writing Undergoes Renaissance in Curricula

By the Notebook on Nov 20, 2012 12:13 PM
Photo: John Tully for Education Week

Diana Leddy works with kindergartners and 1st graders at the Blue School to complete writing, reading, and drawing exercises using scenes from the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax. Built in 1858, the one-room schoolhouse in Landaff, N.H., is using the book as a way to fuse lessons in writing and reading.

This is a reprint of an article that originally appeared in Education Week as part of a special report on Rethinking Literacy: Reading in the Common-Core Era.

Its ascent stems from the common core, college feedback, and new research

By Catherine Gewertz

Teachers are focusing on writing instruction like never before. More and more, they're asking students to write about what they read, helping them think through and craft their work, and using such exercises as tools not only to build better writers, but to help students understand what they're studying.


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Comments (2)

Submitted by Bruce William Smith (not verified) on November 24, 2012 3:15 pm
Specifying the marking criteria for the new AP/Cambridge Capstone Research Project will be crucial in establishing this initiative as state of the art, which it has the potential to be. I imagine that Mr. Williamson will be needing to hire examiners who have experience with advanced English programmes in both the United States and overseas. He should consider making contact with the excellent AP Oxford English programme I had the pleasure to attend some years back, and will of course also need to benchmark his work with that of the International Baccalaureate, whose extended essay establishes the current state of the art. I am very interested in this development, would like the opportunity to enlist my school (One World Secondary) among its supporters at the earliest opportunity, and hope that Mr. Williamson may contact me to let me know how I can help make these things possible.
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