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Interested in an Online Graduate Course in the 6-Traits?

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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Pearson ELT - The Home for Great Teachers

Pearson ELT - The Home for Great Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Pearson ELT, your place for all your ELT classroom support and professional development.


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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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Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in man's attic - Telegraph

Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in man's attic - Telegraph | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
An historian has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to help save a town bridge.


Walter Elliot, 80, found the 1,300-word tale starring the famous detective in a collection of short stories written for a local bazaar.
The wooden bridge in the Scottish town of Selkirk was destroyed by the great flood of 1902 and locals organised a three-day event to raise funds for a new one in 1904.

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This is no hoax. This find says something reassuring about printing on paper.  


Surprisingly, modern telecommunications are part of the picture as Conan Doyle's portrayal of 'editorial demands' set's the scene.  


I suspect most modern writers and nearly all bloggers are part- time workers at  "Institute of  Fiction" and reminded that card carrying members of  the 'Faculty of Imagination". 


The article includes a link to the full manuscript.  I've read and re-read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories many times. What a treat! 

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This is no hoax. This find says something reassuring about printing on paper.  


Surprisingly, modern telecommunications are part of the picture as Conan Doyle's portrayal of 'editorial demands' set's the scene.  


I suspect most modern writers and nearly all bloggers are part- time workers at  "Institute of  Fiction" and reminded that card carrying members of  the 'Faculty of Imagination". 


The article includes a link to the full manuscript.  I've read and re-read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories many times. What a treat! 

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5 Effective Ways for Developing Problem Solving Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Effective Ways for Developing Problem Solving Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Problem-solving and Idea Generation infographic: Handy! 

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Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader

Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.
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I just added this to my Chrome browser.  It came highly recommend. It also works in D2L (which has a very weak spell check system).  


To get your own custom dictionary you must create a free account with Grammarly. Their paid system has more horsepower.  


Give it a try! 

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Trent Online's curator insight, February 18, 4:00 PM

An excellent grammar-checking and grammar-advice tool

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 18, 9:10 PM

I'll have to try this new service. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, February 25, 3:11 AM

..always handy when writing :)

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For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials

For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The persuasive essay is a quintessential high school writing assignment. With the Common Core standards, it seems to have taken on a new urgency in many school districts and classrooms. But students should know that evidence-based persuasive writing is more than just an academic exercise — it is very much alive in the real world. Perhaps one of the best and most widely recognized examples of persuasive writing in action is the classic newspaper editorial, three to four of which The New York Times publishes every day.
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Students need to know that evidence-based persuasive writing is more than just an academic exercise — it is very much alive in the real world. Perhaps one of the best and most widely recognised examples of persuasive writing in action is the classic newspaper editorial.

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Useful essay writing tips here

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Playing with Stories: An Interview with Kevin Cordi

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Teacher, writing project co-director, and storyteller Kevin Cordi talks to us about the value of play in creating stories.
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The National Writing Project is a National Treasure.

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24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo

24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This list of 24 quotes on writing will prepare you for NaNoWriMo and help you find the inner strength to write more and finish that novel in 30 days.
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I'm typing as fast as I can! 

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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers ~ TeachThought

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers ~ TeachThought | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike.

"Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle."


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Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary ~ Edutopia

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary ~ Edutopia | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Rebecca Alber offers tips for teaching vocabulary that include letting students select the words, putting away dictionaries, and creating time for talk and play with new terms.

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You have to have the words to practice word choice.

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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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 14, 2014 1:14 PM

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

Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:12 PM
Can't wait to try this?
Mike Dilger's curator insight, December 25, 2014 4:03 PM

Augmented Reality will impact on education in the future If not already. Get on board and explore the possibilities.  Very exciting.  Can be tough at first but worth pushing through the pain.

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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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Educators share how No Child Left Behind has affected their classroom | Colleen Flaherty | NEA.org

Educators share how No Child Left Behind has affected their classroom | Colleen Flaherty | NEA.org | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Steve Eklund is a retired California teacher who has seen what overzealous testing can do in public schools.

“I used to love teaching,” said Eklund. “Four words drove me into retirement—No Child Left Behind. I could no longer attend to the needs and wants of my students. All I was supposed to do was to get them ready to take tests.”

Educators and public education supporters across the country are speaking out, emailing their legislators, sharing their stories and signing the ESEA petition to let Congress know one important message—the current Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind, is not working.

Rather than closing achievement gaps and providing equal opportunities for all students, the focus has shifted from student learning towards testing, labeling and punishing schools.

Here are more stories of what No Child Left Behind has meant for teachers and their classrooms:


Click headline to read more--


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I left the classroom just as NCLB was taking hold. I've worked with thousands of teachers doing online professional development. I've witnessed the erosion of moral and teaching spirit propagated by this disastrous legislation.  


It's long past time for NCLB to be set aside. It doesn't work, it never has worked.  The stories will break your heart.  

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Grammarly for Microsoft Office - YouTube

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Download Grammarly for FREE today at www.grammarly.com/office-addin and see just how great mistake-free writing can be. The World's Best Grammar Checker, Gra...
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I'm installing Grammarly into Word.  The more writer's power tools I have at my fingertips the better. (Also this YouTube video makes a strong pitch for an interesting new product. 

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Syllabus - Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

Syllabus - Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

100% Online Graduate Professional Development


Course Description


Concepts, instructional methods and assessment strategies for improving writing instruction, middle school through post-secondary. Self-assessment strategies, application of 6-traits, technology and software applications, and writing across the curriculum.

This class will focus on how to apply the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory's 6+1 Traits™ model to the process of teaching and evaluating writing.


The course activities will investigate the vocabulary, concepts, and application of writing traits to classroom instruction and student assessment. Take a few moments to review the class objectives.

Each module is structured around an Introduction, Readings, Lecture, Activities, an Activity Checklist, and Discussion Forum.

You will work individually and as part of a community to practice and refine your assessment skills. You will score a variety of demonstration papers, discuss your rationale with online colleagues, discover a variety of classroom strategies for teaching the traits, and share your own teaching methods.


While online education is highly flexible and designed to meet your schedule, you will need to set and meet deadlines as part of your weekly assignments and collaborative work. Additionally, your colleagues will depend on you for timely feedback as you work together to deepen and clarify essential concepts.

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This course is offered three times a year. It becomes an amazing international community of writing teachers who share practical classroom methods while learning to assess writing with the 6-Traits. 


Tuition: $415 per semester hour graduate credit / $1245 a course. There is no registration fee. Tuition is the same for in-state, out-of-state and international participants.

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Save WritingFix until 2020!

Save WritingFix until 2020! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The Story

WritingFix is an educational website I started back in 1999 to help inspire teachers who needed creative ideas for writing lessons. I worked with many of the best Northern Nevada teachers I knew to help them craft really good writing lesson ideas--all based on favorite mentor texts--, and those teachers' lessons are all stored at WritingFix, where other teachers started to find and use them. We jumped from 2000 annual hits to over 1 million in less than five years, and that unexpected success required us to need our own virtual server that could handle that kind of online traffic.


At present, it costs about $1200.00 a year to keep the website on-line, and the site was fortunate to receive local sponsorship from our Northern Nevada Writing Project between 2004 and 2011, but that sponsorship has since disappeared because of federal cuts to the National Writing Project. My wife--Dena--and I have, since 2011, paid to keep the website online out of our own pockets. We have been happy to do so because teachers love the website's lessons. However...


This past year has been financially hard on us because of medical bills for Dena, and I don't think I can justify paying to keep the site online after this year. We're paid up until June 2015, but that's it. Over the years, we've had many users of the WritingFix website offer to donate funds to us to help affray the cost, but we never set up the ability to do that. We thought we'd try using this site after seeing an inspirational story on "Good Morning America."


We are asking for just enough for us to renew the our domain name, and for the price of the virtual server until 2020.

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If  you are a teacher who has used WritingFix you know it is an essential resource for teaching writing.  I know most teachers have to pinch the penny.  However this is a time to dig into your pocket and help Corbett and Dena Harrison keep this passion project alive until 2020!


I've helped!

Do it as a way of saying thanks for the 1000's of hours of teacher time that's been volunteered and captured on this wonderful website. 


~ Dennis ( Who started teaching with the traits and working with the Northern Nevada Writing Project BEFORE there was an Internet. 

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15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic)

15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
See the 15 most common writing mistakes made by students and find out how to reduce errors to an absolute minimum.

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Check your writing against this info-graphic!

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Transitional Words and Phrases: Little Words, Big Meaning

Transitional Words and Phrases: Little Words, Big Meaning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There is something to be said for emphasizing the kinds of words and phrases that may not deliver a whole lot of meaning on their own, but when used within a piece of writing, are meaning powerhouses.
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Word Choice!  

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The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust

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Hone Tuwhare is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most accom­plished and trea­sured poets.

The Hone Tuwhare Char­i­ta­ble Trust was recently estab­lished to pur­chase and restore Hone Tuwhare’s crib, develop resources for schools and ini­ti­ate events through­out Aotearoa that cel­e­brate Hone and his con­tri­bu­tion to the Arts.
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Poetry is where you find it.  You've found a treasure from New Zealand.  All you have to do is click...

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Notice & Note and Memoir: When Reading Workshop Meets Writing Workshop

Notice & Note and Memoir: When Reading Workshop Meets Writing Workshop | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We were in the midst of a lively mentor text analysis of James Howe’s “Everything Will Be Okay” for our just-launched memoir unit.
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Memoir --- the old folks personal narrative?

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Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Critical thinking requires a special set of questions that have the ability to activate higher order thinking skills and therefore enable students to evaluate, synthesize, apply, analyze and interpret information. These questions are usually open in nature and tend to foster divergent thinking. Prince George’s County provides a very good explanation of each of these kinds of questions with examples of each category. 

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This infographic sits on top of a powerful set of questions that will help any reader/thinker of any age ... get critical!

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Stuart Schwartz's curator insight, January 4, 3:57 PM

EAP teachers take notice.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 7, 12:35 PM

These questions aren't just useful for reading, but they do help understand text as well.

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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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 14, 2014 1:22 PM

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

Peter Balanck's curator insight, December 21, 2014 9:04 AM

Tudor technology.....

GwynethJones's curator insight, December 21, 2014 1:10 PM

The better question is, what can't you do!? LOL

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The 6 Traits of Writing - YouTube

This video is about The 6 Traits of Writing
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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, 2014 11:41 AM

Nice list of resources.