Lessons from Sociocultural Writing Research (Synthesis Post)

In this reading, I picked out many quotes that I believe would be useful when dealing with CCSS and sociocultural theories


Writing matters. It gives students voice, helps them understand themselves and the world, and contributes to their professional success (National Commission on Writing in America’s Schools and Colleges, 2003; Sperling & Freedman, 2001).

I took this quote from the reading because i believe that writing is one  of the most academically essential aspects for kids when they begin their learning.


What we mean by “the role of context” is the recognition that writing is not just a cognitive process but a social and cultural one.

I agree with this quote because writing requires more than just thinking, it requires background knowledge prior to writing and social and cultural aspects so that the writing shows who you are as person, unique in a way.


The open-endedness of the Common Core’s stance toward technologies provides teachers with the opportunity to integrate technologies in whatever way is most meaningful for their students. However, because there is much room for interpretation, there is likely to be wide variation in students’ experiences with technology and digital media.

I agree with this quote as well. It’s a good idea when teachers are given something they are able to manipulate but when it comes down to the students, all students are different and therefore have different experiences which can be a good or a bad thing; depends on what is being used.


For example, the crowdsourcing used in Wikipedia, a site often dismissed in schools, has been shown to produce material that is often more up-to-date and reliable than widely accepted alternatives, such as textbooks and encyclopedias (Anthony, Smith, & Williamson, 2009).

I found this fact very interesting and it stood out to me because we tend to stray away from Wikipedia because of how inaccurate everyone makes it out to be but to know that it is more credible than the sources we usually turn to was very shocking to me.

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