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17 Excellent Writing Guides for Academics and Student Researchers

17 Excellent Writing Guides for Academics and Student Researchers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
October 10, 2014
This post is born out of a writing assignment for my PhD course 'Focused Educational Studies". The assignment was a reflective piece on chapter 4 of Jesson et al.'s book " Doing A...

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Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago

Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Those are the four main styles used when writing professionally or academically. Students will need to use one of these standard styles, so it?s important
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Well researched article on a complex topic.  Think of this as a jumping off point for resources on the major citation styles used in research.  

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Yes - our high school students will need to learn these before they get to college... 

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 21, 2013 11:45 PM

Insight into writing in the 21 century and how digital tools are changing the game. 

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EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE
WRITING OF ADOLESCENTS IN MIDDLE
AND HIGH SCHOOLS

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:41 AM

Interesting look at where to direct the instruction of writing.

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:48 AM

Teaching HS writing is finally gaining attention...this is a helpful guide to starting the journey.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:19 PM

I did not read this, but, as a junior high teacher, I thought it would offer something.

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6-Traits Resources: Voice and Research Writing

6-Traits Resources: Voice and Research Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

There is an expected research paper voice and while the mode is driven by organization, voice still plays a part in this form of writing.

I'd describe the desired voice in this mode as; authoritative. Other descriptors would be strong, confident, and understanding. Lovitts 2007 p 36

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While the voice of a research report is more constrained, it's there. By helping your students learn to recognize voice you clarify the intent of the writing and help build the concept.


reference:

Lovitts, B. E. 2007 Making the implicit explicit: creating performance expectations for the dissertation. Virginia, Stylus Publishing

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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:35 PM

Good for librarians and teachers....

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Evidence-based practices for teaching writing

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"The list of recommendations presented below is based on scientific studies of students in grades 4–12. The strategies for teaching writing are listed according to the magnitude of their effects. Practices with the strongest effects are listed first.... All of the strategies are potentially useful, and we encourage teachers to use a combination of strategies to best meet the needs of their students.


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Barry Lane: Wacky We-Search

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A wacky we-search paper is when you use your research facts to funny purposes. Here are a few examples from Barry's book for kids, 51 Wacky We-search We-ports

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An Investigation of the Impact of the 6+1 Trait Writing Model on Grade 5 Student Writing Achievement | Education Northwest

An Investigation of the Impact of the 6+1 Trait Writing Model on Grade 5 Student Writing Achievement | Education Northwest | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This scientific study conducted in 74 Oregon elementary schools showed that the 6+1 Trait Writing model caused a statistically significant increase in student writing scores during the year in which it was studied.
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The Reading-Writing Connection: Writing Improves Reading

The Reading-Writing Connection: Writing Improves Reading | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

When students receive writing instruction, their reading fluency and comprehension seem to improve.

 

In the Harvard Educational Review (Winter 2012), Steve Graham and Michael Hebert (Vanderbilt) report the results of a meta-analysis of 95 literacy studies, which confirmed the following:

  1. Writing about material enhance students' comprehension of text.
  2. Writing skills instruction strengthen students' reading skills?
  3. Increasing how much students write improve how well they read?

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How to Use New Media to Teach Writing, Research and Analytical Skills

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The key to teaching new literacy skills is to change the focus of student writing. The written essay developed because it was easy for most people to create using the available pen-and-ink and typewriter technologies. Until this century, audio and video could be created only by the few with access to complex technology.


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Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab
serves writers from around the world and the Purdue University Writing Lab helps writers on Purdue's campus.


Welcome to the Purdue OWL. We offer over 200 free resources including:


  • Writing and Teaching Writing
  • Research
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Style Guides
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Job Search and Professional Writing
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Research: Weaving Contexts of Participation Online: The Digital Tapestry of Secondary English Teachers

Research: Weaving Contexts of Participation Online: The Digital Tapestry of Secondary English Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Luke Rodesiler
University of South Florida

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This article presents research from a qualitative study exploring five secondary English teachers’ professionally oriented participation online. Drawing upon Cole’s (1996) “surround” and “weaving” views of context, the specific line of research featured here was guided by the following question: What are the features of the online contexts that selected secondary English teachers weave in exploration of teaching, learning, and literacy? The author collected archived online artifacts (e.g., blog posts, microblog posts, and posts within social network sites) and employed an ethnographic content analysis. Findings revealed five notable contextual features that emerged across cases: multimodal affordances and a/synchronous flexibility, as seen from a surround view, and classroom teaching experiences, connections among teachers online, and a touch of levity, as seen from a weaving view. While providing directions for future research, these findings stand to support more nuanced understandings of the teacher-generated online environments to which many educators are turning in an effort to supplement their professional growth. 


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Here's an academic researcher's view of the professional learning networks created by secondary English teachers. 

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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

In a recent research article published by PEW Internet under the title " The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools ", 91% of teachers surveyed report that " judging the quality of information " as the top of the digital skills students need for the future. Similarly, another 91 report that "writing effectively" as being essential skill for students while 54 % of teachers think that working with audio, video or graphic content as being important but not essential.

Reading these stats together with other sections in this research  made me think that the teachers surveyed in this study  ( so as not to fall in the blander of generalization ) put digital citizenship on top of the continuum of digital skills ; in other words, knowing how to use web tools comes secondary to knowing the reasons for which to use them, or at least that is how I interpret it. Have a look at the graph below and try to read the entire report to learn more about this study.


Click headline to view chart full screen--


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Digital skills students need

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Get your students to read this and then have a great, constructive discussion.
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Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Although we believe that students need to develop the skills necessary to prepare a thoughtful, well-written, inquiry-driven research paper, our students have many other engaging product options. They can acquire subject knowledge and develop transferable information literacy and technology skills through a variety of creative activities. The following is a list of some alternative assessments for your class. For any research product or response to literature, consider how we might offer video, digital storytelling and publishing, art, drama, or presentation as an option for students to creatively communicate/share/publish/broadcast the knowledge they have gained. 

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"How To Do Research" Game

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"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...

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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 24, 12:37 PM

A Game for the children :)

Lotte Schacht's curator insight, September 14, 7:09 AM

Great stuff.

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ajouter votre point de vue ...

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Teachers Report 'Major Impact' of Internet on Learning - National Writing Project

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 But when asked whether today's digital technologies are narrowing or widening the gap between the most and least academically successful students in an individual classroom, 44 percent of teachers said technology is narrowing the gap and 56 percent said it is widening the gap, suggesting that teachers are divided on the role technology can have on broadening or diminishing the digital divide among students.

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Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:46 PM

The jury is still out on whether digital technology is helping or hindering student achievement.

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British Journal of Educational Technology - Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2013 - Wiley Online Library

British Journal of Educational Technology - Volume 44, Issue 1 - January 2013 - Wiley Online Library | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Free, full text html or pdf article on education tecnnology.  This is a rich research archive! 

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WritingFix: an original Wacky We-Search Report inspired by Barry Lane!

WritingFix: an original Wacky We-Search Report inspired by Barry Lane! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This original summarizing activity was inspired by Barry Lane's awesome book, 51 Wacky We-Search Reports. Barry's fifty-one writing formats in his book teach students how to summarize (not plagiarize) facts from readings or from class notes. The book also encourages humor in the classroom, and using it will help you build a community among your student writers. If you don't own this book, but like the assignment on this page, we strongly recommend you purchase a copy.

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Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital Age

At the School Library Journal Leadership Summit 2011, Pew Internet Director Lee Rainie looked at the “state of reading” in the digital age by going through (Check out this SlideShare presentation : Reading, Writing, & Research in the Digital ...)...

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Writing to Read: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading | Harvard Education Review

Writing to Read: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading | Harvard Education Review | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Reading is critical to students' success in and out of school. One potential means for improving students' reading is writing. In this meta-analysis of true and quasi-experiments, Graham and Herbert present evidence that writing about material read improves students' comprehension of it; that teaching students how to write improves their reading comprehension, reading fluency, and word reading; and that increasing how much students write enhances their reading comprehension. These findings provide empirical support for long-standing beliefs about the power of writing to facilitate reading.


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NVWP | Archives of the Journal of the Virginia Writing Project

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Archives of the Journal of the Virginia Writing Project


These are the digital archives of the Journal of the Virginia Writing Project. Here you can immerse yourself in articles from past issues of our journal, which for over 10 years has provided thought-provoking, practical, and inspiring pieces on exemplary teaching practices and cutting-edge issues from some of the Virginia’s most talented, skilled, and accomplished teachers of writing.


All issues of JVWP are now online. You can download entire issues or you can download individual articles. We invite you to enjoy and share these articles with your colleagues and friends.

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Local Site Research Initiative: Results and Reflections - National Writing Project

Local Site Research Initiative: Results and Reflections - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

All five studies analyzed pre/post student writing samples. The writing, with identifying information removed, was independently evaluated at NWP's national scoring conference. Building on a long tradition of writing assessment, the NWP defined a rigorous framework for evaluating student writing, using "anchor papers"—samples exemplifying each level of achievement—along with descriptive commentary.

 

More than 7,500 writing samples were scored using a rubric adapted from the 6+1 Traits Writing Model (Culham 2003). The four-point scale was extended to six points in order to increase sensitivity, and language was clarified to enhance reliability.

 

The rubric addressed six specific attributes of writing: ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions (Bellamy 2005). Each writing sample also received an overall holistic score.

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