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UW-Stout: EDUC 654 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 3 graduate credits | Online Professional Development for Teachers | NCATE Accredited 8 week 100% online class |
 
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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Writing for the Test (Ladies)

6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Writing for the Test (Ladies) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Test Ladies™ unite! Timing truly is everything when we’re helping students prepare for the writing portion of the state assessment. Check out a strategy that gets kids writing—fast!

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Timed writing practice can help kids conquer their fear of the clock.  Here we have another take on Natalie Goldberg's classic advice:  Just keep the pen moving!  ~ Dennis

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UW-Stout Online: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

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

Fall Course is now open for registration!


EDUC 654 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Elementary (PK-4)  - 3 graduate credits 

EDUC 653 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Middle School-Adult - 3 graduate credits 

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Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing 
(voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions). Learn to use the 6-Traits with the writing process to teach revision strategies. Help learners meet higher standards and improve test scores.

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6 Traits of Writing- a photostory - YouTube

http://youtu.be/6QcTWAnxdGM
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A narrated slide show that gives a good overview.  Good for back to school night! 

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What can you do with Shakespeare in a database?

What can you do with Shakespeare in a database? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Pick a play. Click a line. Instantly  see articles on JSTOR that reference
the line.


JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. 

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Here's a fine tool for school, or for anyone with a love for language and a fascination for electronic intersection. 

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What librarian wouldn't love this? 21st Century Meets the 1600's. Indexed Genius. The intersection of Shakespeare, scholarship, and databases.  Ah....

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The 6 Traits of Writing - YouTube

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A quick glimpse inside the classroom. 8-)

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Jeff Hicks: Enriching the Writing Process with the Six Traits

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Cheryl Frose's curator insight, December 9, 11:41 AM

Nice list of resources.

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About - Jo Chandler

About - Jo Chandler | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
I have two passions in life–animals and stories.

Fortunately, I live in a woodsy area in Northern California with my husband, where I can feast my eyes daily on all kinds of critters. I especially love dogs but, alas, I am currently without one.
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The Traits of Effective Spanish Writing = La caracteristicas de la buena escritura en espanol

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Out of print, but still out there in an ERIC archive. Vintage research is still great research! 

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Five Quick Tips to Declutter your Writing Workshop

Five Quick Tips to Declutter your Writing Workshop | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Feeling your writing workshop isn't running as smoothly as it could? Now is the time to declutter.
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12 Essential Essays for Writers

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On Keeping a Notebook by Joan Didion - A great essay about making notes that gets to the very core of the writing process

Write Like a Motherfucker by Cheryl Strayed - Raw, emotional advice on the role of humility and surrender in the often tortured world of the writer

Thoughts on Writing by Elizabeth Gilbert  - On disicpline, hard work, rejection and why it’s never too late to start

Write Till You Drop by Annie Dillard - “Do you think I could be a writer?” “I don’t know… . Do you like sentences?”

Everything you Need to Know About Writing Successfully - in Ten Minutes by Stephen King - Short, sharp advice on everything from talent and self-criticism to having fun and entertaining your audience

Why I Write by George Orwell - On egoism, a love of beauty, the quest for truth and the desire to change the world — Orwell’s ‘four great motive for writing’.

Despite Tough Guys, Life Is Not the Only School for Real Novelists by Kurt Vonnegut - A beautifully argued defence of the role of teaching in developing writers.

That Crafty Feeling by Zadie Smith - A lecture by a great essayist and novelist on the craft of writing.

A Place You All Know Well by Michael Chabon - On the central role of exporation in writing.

The Nature of Fun by David Foster Wallace (excerpt) - DFW on what drives writers to write

Uncanny the Singing That Comes from Certain Husks by Joy Williams - “Who cares if the writer is not whole? Of course the writer is not whole, or even particularly well…”

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? by Neil Gaiman - A meditation on inspriation

Those Words That Echo…Echo…Echo Through Life by Jamaica Kincaid - Another great essay from the the New York Times Writers on Writing series
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Writers on writing... always worth reading.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, November 4, 7:38 AM

Love the different perspectives and the commonalities.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, November 4, 1:37 PM

Looks like a great list

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The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Tools for Teachers (Just waiting for your traits based approach!)

The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Tools for Teachers (Just waiting for your traits based approach!) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Word clouds are fun ways to get students thinking creatively about any topic. The problem is that it’s sometimes difficult to find the one that best meets your needs. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the dirty work out of it and compiled The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Educational Tools for Teachers! Utilize these free educational technology tools to get your students’ minds immersed in any new topic.
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Brainstorm, revise, word choice, organize... all in a playful environment.   Engagement with the writing process is a sweet thing.

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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...

Via Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Mindmeister: Taking Idea Generation into the 21st Century

Mindmeister:  Taking Idea Generation into the 21st Century | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Resources, ideas and examples supplied by a new friend from South Africa, Peter Stewart. 

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The writing process begins with idea generation.  Kids won't ask "What do I write about" if you teach them how to brainstorm writing topics. Digitize the process with with mind mapping software to capture the first burst of Ideas and then expand,, web, map, link, organize, share, collaborate, revise.... it's a long sweet list of activities that will engage your students in the process of thinking and writing. 


The tough part  for many teachers (not a big barrier for kids) is to master the software to the point where you can use it as easily as paper and pencil. (By then the realization that mind mapping is so much more than that first burst of ideas has firmly taken hold). 


Consider it... and persist to the point where the revelations begin to flow! 

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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

Abstract

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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6 Traits of Writing | 6-Traits Songs Upgrade

6 Traits of Writing | 6-Traits Songs Upgrade | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Werner, 4th grade teacher at Reagan Elementary (Brownsburg, IN), initially used Ruth Culham's 6-Traits songs to introduce the writing traits to her students. But her students wanted something more modern. Being a musical learner herself, Elizabeth saw the value in meeting her students' learning needs. She began listening to some popular songs that she knew her students were familiar with. She listened to the choruses and began to consider how she could rewrite the trait songs to fit these new tunes.
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It's been many years since I taught Elementary school, but I can still recognize kids having fun and learning. Singing about the Traits? Why not.  Here's a link to the YouTube Playlist as well!

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Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA

Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Aurasma can encourage learners to go beyond the classroom to connect and enhance what they learn by pulling resources from the physical and the digital and then sharing those augmented reality scenes with others.


Learning Objectives:

  • Write a multi-part fictional narrative that logically ties in with actual locations on the school campus.
  • Create an engaging narrative experience for the reader through expressive and provocative narration, animation, and/or images.
  • Evaluate and deconstruct the narratives of others through class-wide discussion and reflection of own narrative.
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I can imagine taking my class of middle schoolers on a virtual reality scavenger hunt. This one lights me up. It's something I'd build a writing unit around. 


Why don't you?

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Ah the things we can do with mobile phones and big net tech. A project using Aurasma could make your school year sing. 

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Biographies: Creating Connections

Biographies: Creating Connections | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Writers of biographies must draw their readers into the story.
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The Two Writing Teachers Blog remains a rich source of inspiration for all writing teachers. 

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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia."


Via Elaine Roberts, Ph.D, Luciana Viter, Laura Brown
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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 6, 4:07 PM

While this is geared towards writing fiction, there are elements that could be applicable to non-fiction as well. The bottom line is that any writer must always, always, always consider the audience.

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You have to be true to your work, and the reader you have in mind.

Cheryl Frose's curator insight, December 9, 12:04 PM

Watch the short (1:29 ) video of the author himself or read the tips...

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Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies

Igniting Student Writer Voice With Writing Process Strategies | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Different strategies can motivate different kinds of writers. Try free writing or journaling for the prewrite, and the RAFT model or window activity for the draft.
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Be a Teacher Who Writes Poetry

Be a Teacher Who Writes Poetry | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Need some inspiration? Try writing a poem today using one of these tips for getting started!
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Role Reversal: Learning from a Master Teacher

Role Reversal: Learning from a Master Teacher | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

I had a most interesting experience last summer. I have taught college composition for many years, but I had not participated in a writing workshop as a writer for a long time. Of course, I had regularly run workshops in my classroom. But this time, I had written a short, 600-word essay, and it was workshopped (which to those of us in composition means reviewed and critiqued) by my peers as part of a larger in-service on curiosity and writing.

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Writing teachers writing and learning--- a recipe for life long thinking.

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Writing Matters: National Writing Project 2013 Annual Report

Writing Matters: National Writing Project 2013 Annual Report | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The ability to write with clarity and coherence is fundamental to student success in both school and the workplace. We are excited to have the opportunity for teachers in Union County to partner with teachers throughout the state and nation on a project to improve student writing.

— Cindy Langley, Director of Secondary Education for Union County Schools, Union, South Carolina
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The National Writing Project has been doing fundamental work to promote the teaching of writing for 40 years. This is the gateway to their Annual Report. 


If you feel alone as a writing teacher. If you are looking for a mature, deep and sustaining community of practice to help you hone your craft... you've found it. 

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Use Word Clouds in eLearning or face to face in your writing classroom.

Use Word Clouds in eLearning or face to face in your writing classroom. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Encourage learners to use word clouds to revise and edit their assignments.
Ask learners to read over the essays or assignments they just created and pick and choose keywords. Then, encourage them to create a word cloud with these words, so that they can determine if their work is on-topic and relevant, or if it needs to be revised and edited further
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10 suggestions that will appeal to any writing teacher. Written for online teachers, this article fits any class setting; online, blended, or traditional. 

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Visualizing the Plan: Drawing Lessons

Visualizing the Plan: Drawing Lessons | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Sometimes when students visualize an elaborate plan it is frustrating when that doesn’t just happen on the page. Here are some tips to get students closer to their vision.
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Drawing can be a helpful way to generate ideas, - at any age.

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Why a good book is a secret door

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Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder — and what real kids say to a fictional whale.
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Alan November: Web-Literacy-where-the-common-core-meets-common-sense

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Alan November provides perspective...


I've always found that good teaching will meet multiple standards. The time it takes to align and document the process is what got me down. Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to help you see the inter-connections between standards that allow you to check off multiple standards in a single lesson.  

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