Delia King second grade teacher from Carson City-Crystal Area Schools
Bridget Rise fourth grade teacher from Beaverton Rural Schools

8:30-Introductions and Getting to Know You survey
Share results from survey

8:45 Goals--
  • Analyze Informational/explanatory standards of the Common Core State Standards
  • Create a grade-level informational writing piece to use as a model in your classroom
  • Create a digital story from your writing piece

“We must remember that no matter the state standard or national goal for our teaching, the horizons we lead our students toward are neither nearby nor narrow. We teach for no less than to offer our children ways to understand and make meaning of the world; we offer them skills and strategies for learning and for becoming more powerful.”
-Lucy Calkins

Common Core
Informational/Explanatory Template for I can statements



10:30-10:45-A peek into a second grade classroom

10:45-11:30-Informational writing in a fourth grade classroom

Heart Glog

12:15-12:45 -Popplet--digital mapping

Learn Zillion
1:15-1:45-Write an informational model to take back to your class
2:00-3:00 Photostory-samples, tutorial, and creating.

Photostory by Microsoft

Use your model or a Common Core Student Sample to create a digital story.
Things to remember
  1. Photos that are used MUST be given credit
  2. Music used MUST be given credit
  3. The student's writing creates the digital story. The digital stories does not drive the writing.

3:00-gallery walk of digital stories.

3:15-survey and questions


Common Core Student Samples--Appendix C

The Common Core Lesson Book k-5 by Gretchen Owocki
Nonfiction Craft Lessons Teaching Information Writing, K-8 by JoAnn Portalupi and Ralph Fletcher
Notebook Know-How Strategies for the Writer's Notebook by Aimee Buckner
Of Primary Importance by Ann Marie Corgill
Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christohper Lehman
Teaching Informational Writing Through Children's Literature, K-8 by Lynne Dorfman and Rose Cappelli