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Comprehensive Approach to Core Writing Instruction Literacy Instruction Writing CALI Comprehensive Approach to Literacy Instruction CALI Writing Instruction Section Jefferson County Public Schools 203 Comprehensive Approach to Literacy Instruction ©Jefferson County Public Schools January 2011 Golden, Colorado Comprehensive Approach to Core Writing Instruction Literacy Instruction Writing CALI Notes 204 Comprehensive Approach to Literacy Instruction ©Jefferson County Public Schools January 2011 Golden, Colorado Comprehensive Approach to Core Writing Instruction Literacy Instruction Writing CALI Philosophical Foundations Writing well is not just an option for young people—it is a necessity. Along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement by colleges or employers. - Writing Next 205 Comprehensive Approach to Literacy Instruction ©Jefferson County Public Schools January 2011 Golden, Colorado Comprehensive Approach to Core Writing Instruction Literacy Instruction Writing CALI Preface and Rationale for the Writing CALI The Jeffco Writing Section of the CALI (Comprehensive Approach to Literacy Instruction) serves to provide a synthesis of the pedagogy around writing, inspire conversations, and bring joy to the writing classrooms. The Writing CALI is about HOW to teach the writer. Student achievement in writing rests every day with teachers making professional decisions based on research. These professional decisions are also based on what the individual student needs to reach the curricular targets established by CDE and delineated in Jeffco’s CAP documents for Writing. At schools in Jeffco and across the country, a coherent approach to writing is viewed as essential but elusive. Educators are engaged in conversations about how to significantly impact student achievement in writing, not only as viewed through the lens of standardized tests, but more importantly, when looking at the actual writing produced by students. A starting point might be to embrace the belief that, while writing is a complicated skill, teachers can help students become flexible, confident writers—writers who address each writing opportunity with an array of writing tools, an understanding of their options, and the ability to impact an audience. 206 Comprehensive Approach to Literacy Instruction ©Jefferson County Public Schools January 2011 Golden, Colorado Comprehensive Approach to Core Writing Instruction Literacy Instruction Writing CALI Preface and Rationale for the Writing CALI The Guiding Principles and Classroom Implications for K 12 Writing Instruction represents the best research about writing instruction from the most credible sources. It capitalizes on the progress made in the past thirty years, as teachers and researchers began to question writing pedagogy. In the 1970’s and 1980’s pioneers like Donald Murray, Donald Graves, Lucy Calkins, and Nancie Atwell began a substantive national conversation about how writing is taught and learne

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