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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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Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site

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Fun-with-words.com is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.
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Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits
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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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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

The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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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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.

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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

12 Essential Essays for Writers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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, 2014 7:38 AM

Love the different perspectives and the commonalities.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, November 4, 2014 1:37 PM

Looks like a great list

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Playing with Stories: An Interview with Kevin Cordi

Playing with Stories: An Interview with Kevin Cordi | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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."


Via Jim Lerman
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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.

Via Jim Lerman
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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. 

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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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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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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.

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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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