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Unit 1: Understanding and Teaching the Common Core Writing Standards

1.2.1 Learning the Skills of Production

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Now read the following description of the relationship between and among the anchor standards in a slightly different way — as an "if-then" relationship:

  • If students are deeply involved in generating ideas and gathering credible information from print and digital texts, they must learn to use writing process strategies and technological tools to produce, refine, and present written products that address a range of writing tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • If students are learning to address a wide range of writing tasks and audiences, they must learn the skills of narrative, informative/explanatory, and opinion/argument writing, as well as the purposes of writing to inform, argue, and analyze.
  • If students receive instruction in and extensive practice across all ten interconnected anchor standards and are writing to inform, argue, and persuade, they are building the foundation for the writing of college and career.

In a classroom that provides the conditions for students to become producers of writing, the teacher’s role is to help them learn the skills of production — research, investigation, building knowledge, composing — along with the higher order thinking skills of writing to inform, argue, and analyze.