Writing and the Common Core
Teaching writing has multiple components: teaching students how to generate ideas; how to organize ideas into a unifi ed, fi nished composition; how to use the conventions of grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and paragraphing; how to revise and then edit; and how to use formal and technical vocabulary. All of these components add up to one thing: how to meet the reader’s expectations. Writing is a solitary activity, but it is informed by social interactions. It is easy to slip into a state of mind that focuses so intently on the act of writing that we actually forget about the reader.