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New Product: Center for the Collaborative Classroom’s Being a Writer

New Product: Center for the Collaborative Classroom’s Being a Writer

Center for the Collaborative Classroom’s Being a Writer is a supplemental writing program for students in grades K-5. The program provides genre-based writing instruction intended to help students develop a love of writing and an appreciation for expressing their thoughts in writing.

The program focuses on academic as well as social and ethical learning through the creation of a classroom writing community. Being a Writer scaffolds and vertically aligns writing and social skills instruction across grade levels. The lesson structure includes daily independent writing time. Writing instruction throughout the program is genre based and focused on authentic writing. The program does address preparation for standardized writing tests beginning in grade three.

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New Product Review: The Center for the Collaborative Classroom Collaborative Literacy

New Product Review: The Center for the Collaborative Classroom Collaborative Literacy

Learning List recently reviewed The Center for the Collaborative Classroom’s Collaborative Literacy, which was submitted for state adoption in Texas in response to the Texas Education Agency’s Proclamation 2019 call for K-8 English language arts and reading (ELAR) products aligned to the new ELAR Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Collaborative Literacy is a comprehensive reading/language arts product for grades K-5. Resources are available in print and online formats. Instruction emphasizes the social development of upper-elementary students while building reading, writing, and spelling skills.

At each grade level, Collaborative Literacy is made up of three separate resources that, when used together, support 30 weeks of comprehensive instruction in reading and language arts. Each resource is discussed separately below. [Read more…]

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New Reviews: Center for the Collaborative Classroom’s Being a Writer

collaborative_classroom_logoThe Center for the Collaborative Classroom’s Being a Writer is a supplemental language arts resource for students in grades K-6. Resources are available in print and online formats. Instruction focuses on developing skillful, creative writers and socially adept learners. At grades K-2, Being a Writer addresses students’ ability to communicate stories by drawing, telling, and using written letters, words, and simple sentences. Instruction at grades 3-6 addresses the writing process (i.e., drafting, revising, proofreading, and publishing) and specific genres of writing.

Being a Writer focuses on developing writing and social skills. Writing instruction is supported by the “6+1 Trait Writing Model” that emphasizes seven traits of quality writing: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. Across grades, students learn to communicate their ideas logically and with creativity and expression. Social development is addressed through the use of “Cooperative Structures,” such as brainstorming and small group and partner activities. Cooperative experiences teach students to work collaboratively and to treat others with care and respect.

being_a_writerBeing a Writer encourages teachers to grow as writers and as collaborators (i.e., with colleagues) and includes extensive training in teaching writing content and using program resources. Teacher materials support work in teacher teams and professional learning communities.

About Center for the Collaborative Classroom*

The Center for the Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing continuous professional learning for teachers and curricula that support the academic, ethical, and social development of children. The organization brings to bear 51 years of collective experience from two leading educational nonprofit organizations: Developmental Studies Center (DSC) and Cornerstone Literacy, Inc. (CLI).

We believe that how we teach matters as much as what we teach. Our professional development honors all teachers and empowers them to create the conditions for learning that will meet rigorous state standards and nurture the needs of the whole child. Our programs and carefully selected trade books help children appreciate the ideas and opinions of others, learn to agree and disagree respectfully, think critically about big ideas, and become responsible citizens of the world.

*The content in this section is provided by or adapted from the Center for the Collaborative Classroom.

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