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Making the Common Core Writing Standards Accessible Through Universal Design for Learning

By: Sally A. Spencer

With Contributions by Nancy Aguinaga

This valuable resource demonstrates how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can help educators make the CCSS in writing and language accessible to all kids.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483369471
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 184
  • Publication date: March 25, 2015

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Unlock hidden writing skills in all learners through UDL!

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for writing are promising but present a host of challenges in implementation, especially for struggling students. In this valuable resource, Sally A. Spencer demonstrates the potential of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for making the CCSS writing and language standards accessible to all kids. Educators who utilize these strategies will know:

  • How to leverage the strengths of students to optimize writing instruction and overcome their weaknesses
  • The ways UDL can minimize the roadblocks in CCSS implementation
  • How to - and how not to - use technology to teach writing and language conventions

With dozens of classroom-ready activities, resources for further reading, and reproducibles, this easy-to-use guide will help you make all students proficient writers.

"This is the ultimate guide to successful UDL implementation, with ready-to- use activities and resources that support the Common Core Writing Standards for students in all grades. Energize your classroom with this practical guide that engages all learners and helps you plan your lessons with ease. This is a must-have for all teachers!"
Renee Bernhardt, Ed.S Curriculum and Instruction-Learning Support
Cherokee County School District
Canton, GA

"This is one of the most relatable and relevant teaching books I have read. It is packed with practical ideas, solid background information, and several resources. It is perfect for any teacher struggling to help students with a variety of needs achieve the goals set by the CCSS."
Kristin Striebel, Teacher
Francis Howell School District
St. Charles, MO

Key features

This book will help audiences:

  • Understand the CC writing and language standards and how they spiral in grades K-12
  • Understand and appreciate the CCSS’s focus on preparation of higher education skills
  • Understand how the CCSS benefits all kids, including those with disabilities, understand the basics of universal design for learning (UDL)
  • Use UDL in classrooms for effective planning of accessible writing lessons
  • Create instructional activities aligned to the CCSS that meet the needs of struggling learners
  • Make informed choices related to writing instruction in order to help students be effective communicators in writing
  • Use technology to teach writing and language conventions
  • Use technology to help students express what they have learned
  • Make the CC writing and language standards more engaging for their students
  • Understand the specific components in writing and language conventions that may be challenging for students with disabilities, and how to use UDL to overcome those areas of difficulty


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Sally A. Spencer

Sally Spencer, Ed.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge, where she teaches courses in assessment, special education teaching methods, reading instruction, and collaborative processes. Prior to that, she was a special education teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District, where she experienced the joys and challenges of collaboration as a teacher of self-contained special education classes, as a resource specialist, and as a co-teacher in a fully-inclusive elementary school. In 2001 she was awarded Outstanding Special Educator of the year by the Southern California branch of the Council for Exceptional Children, and her heart is still in the classroom with the hundreds of students who touched her life and taught her everything she knows about special education. Sally is a presenter nationally on the subject of teaching reading to students with mild to moderate disabilities, and is published in the areas of reading instruction, collaboration and inclusion. She lives in Northridge, CA, with her husband, three dogs and six birds.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author


1. The Big Deal About Writing

2. Strolling Through the Standards

3. Universal Design for Learning

4. Engagement

5. Representation (Part One)

6. Representation (Part Two)

7. Action and Expression

8. Closing Thoughts





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