The Common Core State Standards call for schools to emphasize not only creative and narrative writing, but also argumentative and informative writing. How can writing instruction across the content areas best respond to these new standards? How important is it to explicitly teach language mechanics, such as spelling, vocabulary, and sentence construction? How can schools give writing instruction more time in the day and more focus in all subjects? This issue will examine the writing skills that students need to develop to become college and career ready, as well as promising approaches for teaching writing.
ASCD Express is looking for short, 600–1,000-word essays on the theme “Writing: A Core Skill.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send us your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2014.