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Brainstorm online with bubbl.us. Easily create colorful mindmaps to print or share with others. Almost no learning curve.


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Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits
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6-Traits Resources: Online Class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

6-Traits Resources: Online Class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Fall: September 26 - November 28, 2016

EDUC 653 Middle School through Adult 6-Traits Writing Instruction

EDUC 654 PK Through Elementary 6-Traits Writing Instruction
 

Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing:

 

  • voice
  • ideas
  • word choice
  • organization
  • sentence fluency
  • conventions
 
Do you want to engage your students and build a great writing program? This class provides a plethora of practical methods and inspirational ideas.  
 

 

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What You Will Learn

 

  • How to organize and enhance your writing program
  • Practical classroom methods for teaching writing with each of the 6-Traits
  • How to maximize the reading and writing connection
  • Multiple ways to teach revision and editing skills
  • Time-saving assessment and feedback strategies
  • How to score student writing using 6-Traits rubrics
  • How to integrate technology into the writing process
  • Connections between the 6-Traits, Common Core and writing across the curriculum

 

Who Should Enroll?

  • ESL/ELL teachers
  • Middle school and high school English and language arts teachers
  • Elementary teachers
  • K-12 teachers interested in writing across the curriculum, special education teachers
  • Technical and community college writing instructors
  • Curriculum coordinators

 

You may enroll in this course for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer credit to another university
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Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation, Part 2: Handwriting and Typing Curricula and Websites

Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation, Part 2: Handwriting and Typing Curricula and Websites | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
As a parent, I have always said that, of course, I want my children to know how to write (in this case, I mean “handwriting”) and how to type. Even that conversation brings up some tension in our home as we think about our two girls who are “all thumbs” with their phone-typing, and two of our boys who, at best, write in school only because they “have to.” Legible handwriting (let alone cursive) is a battle for nearly all our kids, one that my wife and I have, in all honesty, fight hard each September but then give up on as the school year progresses.
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As I read this article my eyes began to cross.  What I appreciate about this article is Troy's honest voice as he attempts to parse the weeds of various standards and website claims about the efficacy of touch typing and the importance of handwriting.

 

I chose the refreshing Parent Point of View statement Troy provides because it reflects the real world of sending your kids to school

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Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing

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"There is not a writer in our classrooms today who will not be producing something with a digital writing tool in her or his lifetime." -- Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks frequently uses the words "intentional" and "deliberate" to highlight the need for writers to conscientiously think through composing digital texts. Those two words could just as easily describe the author's thoughtful affect on Paul Allison's Teachers Teaching Teachers or the degree to which his new book, Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres, methodically articulates how 4th-12th grade instructors can introduce technology tools, mentor texts, composing practices, and heuristics for helping students write.

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What Happens When You Combine a Writer's Workshop and Makerspace?

What Happens When You Combine a Writer's Workshop and Makerspace? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

August 28, 2016
By Amber Chandler

Angela Stockman, author of Make Writing: 5 Strategies that Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Makerspace, has what many creative types can only dream of–a studio.

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Writing and Making go together. Creating a combo writer's workshop and maker's space is a bit of classroom genius. See how it's done!

 

Learning more about Writers's Workshop and Maker Cultture at UW-Stout Online Professional Development!

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Research Writing Rewired - National Writing Project

Research Writing Rewired - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Summary: How can teachers integrate inquiry-based research approaches with digital reading and writing in the classroom? This is the question that Dawn Reed and Troy Hicks explore in their 2016 book, Research Writing Rewired: Lessons that Ground Students' Digital Learning. We talked with the authors about strategies, lessons, tools, and principles for supporting connected learning in the English Language Arts classroom.
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Here's a rich channel of ideas and information from the National Writing Project. This podcast speaks to high school English teachers about inquiry based reading and writing. Don't miss the links to additional resources found on this page.

 

Those looking to build their writing programs should consider Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits. 3 Graduate units for UW-Stout Online Professional Development.

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Ron Martinez, PhD: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays

Ron Martinez, PhD: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Students can hear me explain what I am doing and why I am doing it as I provide feedback on how they can improve their written assignments.
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This article may open your eyes to the power of time-shifting your writing conferences using technology.  I regularly use screencasting to provide in context feedback on student portfolios. 

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Online or face to face or online... screencasting is a skill to develop!

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Often, you can do this right in your learning management system. 
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Corbett Harrison Always Write: Writing Lessons for Writing Teachers

Corbett Harrison Always Write: Writing Lessons for Writing Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Here's a LAST chance to download free materials from Corbett Harrison's presentations on:

 

  • Writer's notebooks, mentor texts, and lesson design for K-6 
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (no plagiarism!) & Vocabulary strategies for 5-12
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (no plagiarism!) & Vocabulary strategies for 5-1
  • Love the Language, Writer's Notebooks, and Sentence Structures
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Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Join us in a conversation with Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer, authors of Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay. These authors claim, “If we want our students to be more engaged, skilled writers, we need to move beyond the five-paragraph essay.” Tune in to hear us talk about why and how middle school and high school teachers can do just that.
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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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Always Write: Transitioning through a Machine: Teaching Transitional Phrases and Revision after Inventing a Machine in a Writer's Notebook

Always Write: Transitioning through a Machine: Teaching Transitional Phrases and Revision after Inventing a Machine in a Writer's Notebook | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett Harrison:

 

Revision is a key in teaching writing well. Not only do we need to help students understand the revision step of the writing process, but we must also go back and revise our old lessons to make them fresher and smarter and better. I've learned so much more about student writers since originally posting the lesson at WritingFix, and I am thrilled to be presenting my latest version of this lesson, which I still use every year. It's one of my students' favorite lessons, and--more importantly--it's one of my favorite lessons.

 

I meet too many teachers who can't tell me what their favorite writing lesson is, and to me, a teacher without a favorite writing lesson is incapable of making writing an enjoyable experience in the classroom. If you're a teacher without a favorite lesson, try this one out early on next school year. Believe me, it works. And it teaches students important skills that I guarantee are in your state's standards.

 

Additionally, this lesson helps students see the value of a writer's notebook as a tool for beginning small ideas that are worth exploring.

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This is a lesson I'd try in a heartbeat.  Thanks for re-polishing this gem Corbett!

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Rolling Out the Trait Language to Students

Rolling Out the Trait Language to Students | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Learn how to lay the foundation for a year of writing instruction as Kristina Smekens unveils a systematic approach for using icons and physical “triggers” to introduce students to the Six Traits of Writing.
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Kristina Smekens is a dynamic teacher / presenter and this lively video will give you a quick and compelling overview of how to introduce the essential vocabulary of the 6-Traits in your classroom..

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Christopher Meeks: POETIC SENSE: Sound and Imagery

Christopher Meeks: POETIC SENSE: Sound and Imagery | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Christopher Meeks

Some years ago when I first started to teach a fiction class called “Essential Beginnings” at UCLA Extension, I had to consider what I should offer new writers. In the context of a three-hour class, what things might I guide people toward that they may not otherwise discover immediately on their own? Poetry. I use it now, too, in my fiction class at Santa Monica College.

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Zeugma? Is this a literary device you know? Be sure to see Christopher Meeks's superb list of sound and imagery devices.

 

Christopher Meeks is a writer who also teaches writing. His techniques for adult writers also work in the classroom with young writers. I've enjoyed his work for years. 

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Technically a Librarian: Make Writing

Technically a Librarian: Make Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
While at one of our ELA planning meetings, we were discussing the lack of enthusiasm kids have for writer's workshop. What was once a time for kids to express themselves creatively, was now a time that kids dreaded. How sad? I loved Writer's Workshop as a kid. We had to fix this. They had tried creative prompts, incorporating movies and music, but they were still "bleh".

As we were brainstorming, an 8th grade English teacher brought up the book "Make Writing" by Angela Stockman. Oddly enough, I had just finished reading my advanced readers copy since I'm a member of the Hack Learning VIP program. All of a sudden we both were sitting at the edge of our seats ready to do it!
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Here's a great set of ideas for your writing workshop.

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I love these ideas.  This is something I'd start next Monday!

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What do you get when you cross a makerspace and creative writing class? #tlchat
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Establishing a Writing Community in the College Classroom

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Fast forward a decade or so… many of these same students now view writing as a chore rather than something to celebrate. As the years progressed, writing became harder, and they started viewing it with dread as they struggled with increasingly difficult tasks. As freshmen in college, they are required to take my developmental writing class; they have not elected to take it. When the course begins, many of my students view themselves as bad writers, and most admit that they don’t like writing.
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As a middle school writing teacher I understood how essential community is to the writing process. As an online teacher, I know that community remains at the core of things.

 

This concise article is a lifeline for those teaching writing at the college level. It is tuned to the needs of Freshman English teachers (both virtual and face to face).

 

Our online course: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits provides a rock solid foundation for developing a writing community for any grade level. I've see college professors, middle school,  and highschool teachers learning together.  It gives everyone a sense that we are in this together!

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365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten

365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
If you want to become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing every single day. But we know sometimes it can be hard to think of what to write about! So we put together this list of 365 creative writing prompts to give you something to write about daily. Whether you write short stories, poems, or like to keep a journal – these will stretch your imagination and give you some ideas on what to write about!

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Prompts are useful. I'm more comfortable using writing prompts if I know my students can generate a prompt of their own.  One way to promote this skills is to always offer students the option to come up with their own prompt.

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Join the Writing Lesson of the Month Network

Join the Writing Lesson of the Month Network | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
SEPTEMBER'S WRITING LESSON: I had a lot of interest in the lesson of the month when I summarized it last month, so I worked hard to post it a few days early this month. As school picture day looms or is still fresh in their memories, you might want to capitalize on making a great story using this month's The Worst Picture Day Ever lesson and writing challenge!
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Here's the latest news from Corbett (and Dena) Harrison. If you have not yet joined the Writing Lesson of the Month Network, Do so! Invaluable, classroom tested mentor text inspired lessons are just a few clicks away. ~ Dennis 

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Students as Writers and Composers: Workshopping in the Digital Age - National Writing Project

Students as Writers and Composers: Workshopping in the Digital Age - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Summary: Third grade teacher Franki Sibberson and Chippewa River Writing Project director Troy Hicks discuss how they view digital technologies in the classroom, touching on topics such as encouraging intentionality, finding balance between traditional writing and newer modes, and the difficulties of assessing digital assignments.

 

Hicks, Troy, and Franki Sibberson. "Students as Writers and Composers: Workshopping in the Digital Age." Language Arts 92:3 (2015) 223-230. Copyright ©2015 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

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It might be time to add online resources like Pinterest and Twitter to build a virtual three ring binder of resources for writing.

 

Rich resources are where you find them. Those looking to digitize primary writing programs should consider Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits. 3 Graduate units for UW-Stout Online Professional Development.

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Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation: Handwriting and Typing

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In less than a month, I will be traveling to Rhode Island to participate in the fourth annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, and part of my role will be to kick off a session on “Digital Deliberations,” specifically on the topic of “typing vs. handwriting.”
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This is part one of an intriguing series about handwriting and typing.  Troy Hicks brings a scholar's mind and a parents real world point of view to this ongoing topic of interest.

 

As a young teacher, long before the turn of the century,  I recall fiery staff room debates on what might happen if students started using word processing software.

 

I saw the clear path from touch typing to the flow of keyboard composition. Others saw the '...tools of the devil!" 

 

Ironically, I ended up being responsible in my district for replacing IBM Selectrics with Apple //s & WordStar. 

 

Take a look! Troy Hicks gives us a fascinating read for the word nerd in all of us!

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Back to School with Great Materials from Corbett Harrison

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Back to School with Great Materials from Corbett Harrison

 

 
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A Guide to Producing Better Student Writers and Editors With Dictation Tools (EdSurge News)

A Guide to Producing Better Student Writers and Editors With Dictation Tools (EdSurge News) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

“Ok, I’m ready to print,” said Jack, a happy-go-lucky third grader.Glancing at him skeptically, I replied, “What? You typed the whole thing?”“I didn’t type… I used my voice.” Jack said.Sure enough, when I looked at his screen, Jack’s writing task was completed, a feat that would have been impossible.."

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The road to literacy is where you find it.  Dictation tools can help learners of all ages develop their writing skills.

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Corbett Harrison: Always Write - Materials & Resources

Corbett Harrison: Always Write - Materials & Resources | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Learning to write should be an adventure of thought, not a boring tour through Five-Paragraph-Essay Land. Always Write
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This is a link to Corbett Harrison's TeachersPayTeachers site. Corbett's materials are classroom gold. For a modest fee you can buy great content for your classroom and support his great websites: Writingfix.com

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The trick to being a good reader, no matter the medium, is being an engaged reader, a fact that Pennington notes is well-supported by research. “It’s pretty clear that good readers are active readers engaged with the text,” he said.
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Engagement is the key....

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6-Traits Resources: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections?

6-Traits Resources: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Here's some hard won advice to English teachers everywhere.

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Corbett Harrison: An Online 6-Traits Writing Class We Recommend!

Corbett Harrison: An Online 6-Traits  Writing Class We Recommend! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Looking for a summer learning experience that improves your skills as a writing teacher?  I recommend the following online course, which friend of WritingFix and Always Write--Dennis O'Connor--has helped coordinate this class for many years.  You simply can't maintain a functioning workshop environment for writing if students don't own the vocabulary of writing instruction, and the 6 Traits have been the academic language of choice we've used in my classroom for years!

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Many thanks to Corbett Harrison, creator of the great WritingFix website for recommending our class Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits.

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Always Write: Name Games for the Writer's Notebook

Always Write: Name Games for the Writer's Notebook | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

 Corbett Harrison:

 

"This page contains two writer's notebook challenges based on creating interesting character names. My students certainly use very different writing techniques than I do, and what excites them to produce writing is often quite different from what excites me to write. There is nothing wrong with this, and just as I occasionally force them to try a technique that works for me in their writer's notebook, I also begrudgingly try out techniques in my own notebook that they claim work for them. It's the "give and take" that must be present in a true writer's workshop environment, and it's why scripted writing programs (I'm talking to you "Step Up to Writing" and Jane Shaffer) often squelch our students instead of inspiring them to write."

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Classroom gold from Corbett Harrison.

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

Writing As A Meditation Practice | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
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Reflective practice at its best!
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Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.

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