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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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msknight's picture

What do we want to know and discuss about this space and collection? Let's go!

paulallison's picture

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.

akh003's picture

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?

christina's picture
Collected by Christina Cantrill
on Nov 04 2011

Resources in this collection

Uploaded by christina at http://digitalis.nwp.org/ Digital Text & the Common Core Standards
Uploaded by christina at http://digitalis.nwp.org/ Serious Comics
Uploaded by christina at http://digitalis.nwp.org/ On Becoming Change Writers
Uploaded by christina at http://digitalis.nwp.org/ Redefining Romeo and Juliet: Reclaiming the “Ghetto”
Uploaded by christina at http://digitalis.nwp.org/ A Fourth Grade Service Learning Project