K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Kathleen Cali is a doctoral student in the Early Childhood, Families, and Literacy program at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. Before moving to North Carolina, Kathleen was a middle school English and writing resource teacher in Rochester, NY. In addition to her work with LEARN NC, Kathleen is a graduate research assistant with the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, based at UNC-Chapel Hill, working on research projects to improve writing technology available to children with severe speech and physical impairments. She is also an instructor for EDUC 126, an online course on Content-Area Reading and Writing Instruction.

Resources created by Kathleen Cali

In The five features of effective writing, page 6
Conventions — grammar, spelling, and the like — are important to good writing, but should be taught only after the other Features of Effective Writing.
By Kathleen Cali.
In The five features of effective writing, page 2
Focus, the first Feature of Effective Writing, is the "so what?" in a piece of writing. This article will help you teach students to stay on topic.
Format: article
By Kathleen Cali.
In The five features of effective writing, page 3
Organization, the second Feature of Effective Writing, should be addressed after a writer has established a focus and will help strengthen that focus.
By Kathleen Cali.
In The five features of effective writing, page 5
Style, the fourth Feature of Effective Writing, is what makes an author's writing unique. Here's how to help your students establish a style appropriate to different genres and audiences.
By Kathleen Cali.
Support and elaboration
In The five features of effective writing, page 4
Support and Elaboration, the third Feature of Effective Writing, is how a writer fleshes out a piece of writing with specific, relevant details.
By Kathleen Cali.
Teaching the features of effective writing
In The five features of effective writing, page 1
By organizing your instruction around focus, organization, support and elaboration, style, and conventions, you can help students become more effective writers and make your own job easier.
Format: article/online course
By Kim Bowen and Kathleen Cali.
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