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Christina Cantrill
Nov 04 2011

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Although many would argue that most of the Common Core State Standards can be achieved in digital environments, they might wonder "do we really need to writing and read in digital environments?" In conversations with colleagues about this very question, Joe Wood, a teacher consultant at the Area 3 Writing Project, gathered together aspects of the standards that directly reference digital texts and writing. His document, Digital Text & the Common Core Standards, identifies ELA standards and where digital writing is mentioned and points to performances at several grade levels. 
Dave Boardman's Serious Comics shares a project where his second-year high school English students in Maine focused on the issue of how people survive difficult times. Gathering content from a variety of sources including books, organizational websites, newspapers and games, the students developed their own inquiries around this topic. This work speaks to Common Core ELA and digital writing standards including anchor standards 6 and 8 which call for the use of technology to produce and publish writing, to interact and collaborate with others, as well as to gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources while assessing credibility and accuracy. The project also demonstrates, as in anchor standard 7, the ability to read informational text and integrate knowledge and ideas, both visually as well as in words.
The Change Writers Project led by Gail Desler and Pam Bodnar brought together 4th and 8th grades across two schools in California to explore issues and responses to difficult topics such as discrimination and genocide. In the course of project, the students engaged in a range of research, data gathering, writing and conversations to support their understanding and to think about ways they could support change. connecting to. Their work connects to the Common Core ELA standards for writing and reading and presenting, demonstrating their ability to produce and distribute their writing, as in anchor standard 6, as well as to comprehend, collaborate, and present knowledge and ideas in a variety of media, as in anchors 2 and 5.
Antero Garcia's high school students in Los Angeles approached the Reading of Literature standard, anchor 7, by reading Romeo and Juliet while gathering materials that exist outside the text to support their analysis of this seminal ninth-grade play. In Antero's resource he shares with us how students supported their reflection and analysis of this text through creating their own video versions of the play as well as finding and analyzing existing video versions created by others, connecting this work to Common Core ELA and digital writing standards in both writing as well as to speaking and listening.
In this 4th grade service learning project by Robert Rivera-Amezola in Philadelphia, we also see students engaged across the ELA Standards by gathering information from multiple sources, integrating the information, and then producing and publishing their writing in collaboration with others, connected to anchor standards 6 and 8. Through using video and podcasting technologies for production and distribution, students were able to demonstrate Common Core ELA and digital writing standards through both integrating and then presenting their work and writing in a variety of media, including listening and speaking anchors 2 and 5.

Digital Writing and the Common Core


“Writing today,” say the authors of Because Digital Writing Matters, “is pervasively and generally digital; composed with digital tools; created out of word, image, sound, and motion; circulated in digital environments; and consumed across a wide range of digital platforms.” Many teachers are wondering, however, whether digital writing can align with the English Language Arts strand of the Common Core State Standards, now adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia. Many Digital Is resources demonstrate that it can.

Shortly after the standards were released, Joe Wood, a teacher consultant at the Area 3 Writing Project, found himself in conversations with colleagues about digital literacies and whether they were necessary to achieve the Common Core. Although most of the standards can be achieved in digital environments, is digital writing and reading necessary. To answer that question, Joe gathered together aspects of the standards that related to digital text and writing. His document, Digital Text & the Common Core Standards, looks specifically at the ELA standards and where digital writing is mentioned or aligned.

This collection pulls together resources that have been published at Digital Is that highlight some of these domains within the Common Core’s ELA standards. There are many resources within this site that could have been included and there are more standards that could have been related to these projects too. These projects were chosen to show a range of grade levels, disciplines, and contexts of learning connected to the standards highlighted by Joe.

Educators across the country continue to engage with the Common Core in various ways too, including those participating in a Peer-to-Peer University Course called Writing and the Common Core: Deeper Learning for All. Facilitator Bud Hunt, of the Colorado State University Writing Project, has created an annotatable version of the Common Core to further support this conversation.

In an upcoming collection, resources emerging from this course and related converations among educators about the Common Core will be featured.

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<p>What do we want to know and discuss about this space and collection? Let's go!</p>
<p>It time to get real about all of this. I've just jumped into this resource, and I need to look around. But I'm thrilled to hear that someone else has looked at the Commoan Core standards and found one of the strands that I see there too. (It's interesting how the Common Core are an ink blot: it seems that people can find almost anything they want to there. Anyway...) If people are seeing Common Core as expecting more work with digital wriitng, I'm on board.</p>
<p>While there are a handful of standards that explicitly call for technology use and certainly open the door to wonderful possibilities, like many of the work here, it seems to me that there is little language that truly invites or encourages this kind of creative and innovative work. I get concerned that the standards will be read with an interpretive lens that is too narrow. Any thoughts?</p>