Statement

Statement is the journal of the Colorado Language Arts Society. As of January 2015, Statement is exclusively an on-line publication. Calls for submission are released twice a year, generally in late September and in late February. However, submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. The mission of Statement is to advance the teaching and learning of the English Language Arts in Colorado. While we welcome readership beyond the Centennial State and we encourage submissions from outside of Colorado, what makes our publication most relevant for our members is content that addresses the interests and issues of Colorado teachers.

The Colorado Language Arts Society opposes discrimination against any person and promotes equal opportunities for access to its activities and publications.

The current issue of Statement

Fall 2018: Volume 51, Issue 1

Call for Manuscripts: Spring 2019, Teaching Writing

Lucy Calkins writes in Pathways to the Common Core that “those who have taught writing have seemed almost uniformly to draw upon the tradition that was established by experts such as Don Murray, Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, E.B. White, educators including Peter Elbow, Georgia Heard, Ralph Fletcher, and our own organization, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Across K-college, the writing workshop has been the accepted forum for teaching the skills and strategies of effective writing.” (Pathways to the Common Core, 111)

We want to know what’s going on in your classrooms during writing workshop. Penny Kittle tells us teachers of writing must be writers themselves. How have you modeled writing for your students during the school year? We'd like to see your writing and parts of your students' writing. How have students used what they've learned from your writing in their own pieces?

Many of the experts tell us our students need to write for authentic audiences and authentic purposes. What does that look like in your classroom?

All the research in writing tells us our students need to choose their own topics for writing. Kittle, Wood-Ray, Fletcher, Graves, and Quate, among many other educators, tell us choice is absolutely necessary for student engagement and for creating students who know how to write with purpose and audience in mind. How do you provide choice in your classroom as you consider standards and district curriculum?

How do you go about teaching writing in a digital world? There are so many exciting new ways to teach using technology. How are you weaving technology into your writing workshop?

Don’t let our ideas limit you. What we are hoping for is for you to share ways you are successfully teaching writing. What’s working for you and your students?

Deadline: 4 March 2019

Email: Karen Hartman (kj_hartman@comcast.net)