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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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Encourage Authentic Writing With #WhatIWrite and #NaNoWriMo | NY Times Learning Network

Encourage Authentic Writing With #WhatIWrite and #NaNoWriMo | NY Times Learning Network | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

By Katherine Schulten

 

"If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you may remember that last year at this time we were enthusiastic participants in a collaborative push to get as many people as possible to take to Twitter on Oct. 20, the annual National Day on Writing, and post messages with the hashtag #WhyIWrite.

 

"Thousands did, and it was a thrilling and memorable day for us, as students, teachers, novelists, poets, historians, journalists, comedians and ordinary citizens of all kinds posted thoughts to a vigorous stream.

 

"So, of course, we’re doing it again, except this time our wise collaborator, The National Writing Project, suggested that the hashtag be #WhatIWrite, and that, because Oct. 20 is a Saturday, the day to post to Twitter be Friday, Oct. 19.

 

"So along with the National Writing Project and the National Council of Teachers of English, we invite you (and your students, and everyone else you know) to post on Oct. 19, with the hashtag #WhatIWrite."


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

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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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Hack your notebook: National Writing Project Digital Island

Hack your notebook: National Writing Project Digital Island | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Posted by Jillian VanRiper


I started Hack Your Notebook day begrudgingly, wondering why we were allotting an entire day to decorating our notebooks when we had so much more work to do.  What was I really going to learn from this activity?  I looked at the piles of paper and beads and scissors and glue, and gave an inward sigh because it appeared as though we were going to spend time putting cool pictures on our notebook covers.  Which is fun...truly.  I love crafts; and spending time crafting seems like an indulgence when facing my multitude of career and family obligations.  Obligations, for instance, like the portfolio pieces for RCWP that were calling my name, wondering when I would be devoting time to them.  I’d been neglecting them more than I should.  


So when Dawn announced that we would be hacking our notebooks today, I entered the activity intending to finish quickly and move onto something that would be more productive for me, as a teacher of writing.


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Looks like a brilliant beginning of the year writer's workshop project.

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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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How to Teach Writing - Ideas and Resources

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Here's a complete creative writing syllabus with writing lesson plans, activities, and exercises for the teaching of fiction writing. You can use any of the lessons individually, teach them together as a course, or combine them with a workshop format if your students are at an age and level where they can handle group critiques. (You're welcome to print anything from this website to distribute in the classroom, but please don't republish these materials online or offline without permission).
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Lecture on Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics

Lecture on Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This is a free downloadable lesson plan on teaching poetry and literary elements using rap music. I volunteer to present this lecture at least once a year.

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.
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Amy Conley's timely and insightful article reminds me of the passion and dedication I've seen working online with writing teachers for over a decade. 


Writing teachers understand the soul.


Feel good about it!

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Improve Digital Writing Skills with Google Docs

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Improve Digital Writing Skills with Google Docs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Would you like to improve your students' writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world? 


Join me and Simple K-12 for a free webinar on June 24th at 3:00 PM EDT to learn how to use Google Docs to thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum.


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Webinar for K-12: Google Tools and writing skills. A match made in Palo Alto. 

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The problem in a pre-programmed system of teaching is that you don't have the time or classroom availability to use Google Docs effectively.

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English resources - digital literacy

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Build Your Digital Writing Toolbox: Collaboration Edition

There's more to writing than writing. This is the deck from my 2014 talk at the Web Conference at Penn State. It describes the importance of the "workflow" mindset for approaching your writing, a framework for analyzing your workflows and choosing appropriate tools, and a number of tool recommendations for each section. 


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Links to many of the tools mentioned can be found at http://kubie.co/dwt ;

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Providing Feedback on Student Writing and Video - Edudemic

Providing Feedback on Student Writing and Video - Edudemic | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Providing timely and effective feedback on student work is a critical component to any classroom. As students increasingly operate and create in a digital environment, emerging tools provide unique new opportunities for teachers to provide feedback on both written work and video projects.   Feedback on Written Work With the increased adoption of Google Apps …
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Personal feedback is an essential part of the writing process.  Delivering that feedback in a blended or flipped classroom, or in a fully online class requires some tech skill.  This article will give you a way to get the job done! 

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Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien

Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Here at Open Culture, we don’t just feature education in your recommended daily servings of culturally wide-ranging video, audio, text, and image — we also feature it in a form that goes deep: whole courses you can download to your computer or mobile device of choice and experience at your own pace. If you never quite studied all the literature you wanted to — or if you simply can’t get enough study of the stuff — pay a visit to our collection of over 50 free literature courses online.

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Here's a great source for free courses in all subjects. 

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27 Ways to Obtain Students Attention ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

27 Ways to Obtain Students Attention ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Seems to me that this infographic speaks to all instruction, but particularly to writers and the teaching of writing.

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Nothing to add.  Just read it and reflect.

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Writing in the Other Core Content Areas ~ ASCD Express

Writing in the Other Core Content Areas ~ ASCD Express | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

by Gerry Petersen-Incorvaia


"The writing process is similar to many of the processes, practices, and thinking found in content areas other than math or ELA. Knowing this helps a teacher assist students in transferring their learning from one content area to another. For example, as an arts teacher who sees students for about 40 minutes once a week, I know I cover the artistic practices listed in the Figure 1. However, I know arts teachers may not have time to do full writing lessons that include all of the writing process steps. By substituting imagination for prewriting; investigation for drafting; and the construction and reflection process for the rough draft, proofreading, revising, and publishing steps in writing, I have linked the writing process with artistic practices. I can easily have students draft a brief reflection to showcase writing during the artistic process. Figure 1 links you to resources for teaching your subject area's specific writing processes and serves as a reference guide to the steps within each subject area's specific approaches to writing."

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Excellent graphic organizers in this article for educators

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27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity - Edudemic

27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity - Edudemic | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Sometimes you're just stuck in a creativity rut. Check out these 27 simple ideas to boost your creativity!
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Great ideas for the writing classroom.

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Patricia Christian's curator insight, March 22, 5:58 PM

This fits in perfectly with the Six Traits of Writing on Ideas.

Everyone could use these tips to get the ideas flowing.

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Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing

Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Some people embrace Natalie Goldberg’s Zen approach to writing; others resist it. But in all cases, she urges writers to dive deep. Author of the bestselling guides Writing Down the Bones (1986) and Wild Mind (1990), Goldberg peppers her conversation with Buddhist references like “sitting with my own mind.”

She speaks of the need to observe your “passing thoughts” in order to get to wild mind: the place within yourself that’s devoid of self-censorship.

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I discovered Natalie Goldberg when I was teaching middle school writer's workshop (back before the turn of the century).


Her mindful methods worked then. They will work now if they fit your vision of teaching writing. 


Think about it.

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12 Vocabulary Apps for Kids : With Common Core Alignment!

12 Vocabulary Apps for Kids : With Common Core Alignment! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
FREE & fabulous - World’s Worst Pet-Vocabulary, an educational app for kids in grades 4 – 8. Snargg, a cute blue pet needs kids to use their vocabulary skills to get him out of trouble. The app...
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The author of this article put in the time to align the apps to CC standards.

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Feature: Reading Quickly and Efficiently Online | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community

Feature: Reading Quickly and Efficiently Online | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

“…reading is an appallingly mechanical process. You look at a word or several words. This is called a “fixation,” and it takes about .25 seconds on average. You move your eye to the next word or group of words. This is called a “saccade,” and it takes up to about .1 seconds on average. After this is repeated once or twice, you pause to comprehend the phrase you just looked at. That takes roughly 0.3 to 0.5 seconds on average. Add all these fixations and saccades and comprehension pauses together and you end up with about 95 percent of all college-level readers reading between 200 and 400 words per minute…”

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Speed reading technology on your phone or computer.

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6 Things for Children to Understand About Writing and 4 Ways to Help Them Get Started

6 Things for Children to Understand About Writing and 4 Ways to Help Them Get Started | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We understand that if kids don’t read and write over the summer, their reading and writing muscles grow slack. They lose some of their imaginative muscle. Just like a coach sees the difference in her players if they spent the summer lounging instead of being active, I certainly see a literary sluggishness in my students if they return to school in the fall without picking up a book or writing in their journals with true engagement.
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Always Write: Sacred Writing Time

Always Write: Sacred Writing Time | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett Harrison:  One of my core classroom beliefs: Students will write every day...in my classroom, we call it "Sacred Writing Time"

It's ten simple minutes out of our daily schedule, but it's become one of the most important things we do in my classroom. We write...every single day...about anything we want. Ten minutes of freedom with our pencils and our imaginations or our dogmatic, pondering brains. There are no exceptions to this ten-minute time allotment. When my students walk in, those who keep their writer's notebooks in my classroom bin pull out those notebooks, locate their sacred writing partners, and sit side-by-side with them. Those students who take their notebooks home with them every day pull their notebooks out of their binders or backpacks, and they find their SWT partners. As soon as class begins, we have ten minutes of silence, and I monitor, making sure everyone's pencil is dancing.

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Do your students write everyday?  Like Corbett, I had a 10 minute 'free write' built into every block during my middle school teaching years at Lake Tahoe.  When I read Corbett's assessment I was back in my classroom again.  


"I assess how well my students have learned to value their ten minutes of "free writing" every day in the following way: if you're doing it right, this is what will happen, not every day, but certainly every week:

  1. Students will audibly groan when the ten-minute timer goes off and ask if they can have extra time to finish up their thinking.
  2. When the timer goes off, students will beg, "Can we share today? PLEASE!"
  3. You will hear a student (in the hallway or during a class discussion) excitedly say, "Oh, I am writing about that the next time I have to do sacred writing."


Fine work going on in Northern Nevada! 

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The Best Creative Writing Prompts from the Internet

The Best Creative Writing Prompts from the Internet | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Today, I am turning my blog over to Nikolas Baron of Grammarly with a post that should appeal to writers. Whether you've hit a dry spell or are just looking to flex your creative muscle, I think yo...

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Teach them to write without prompts (but have a few good ones in your back pocket for those that need them).

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, May 24, 5:50 AM

Enough prompts for anyone, anywhere!

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Whole Brain Teaching: Amazing Kindergarten Writing!

Watch in amazement as Andrea Schindler's inner city, San Bernardino, California kindergarteners demonstrate all the steps necessary for them to produce five ...

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Can they write before they can read?

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, September 15, 2013 12:14 AM

Wow! Very impressive!

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To Kill a Mockingbird – now available for the first time in eBook format | OverDrive Blogs

To Kill a Mockingbird – now available for the first time in eBook format | OverDrive Blogs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

You may have seen the recent big news that Harper Lee has finally agreed to allow an eBook version of To Kill a Mockingbird to be released for the very first time. We’re happy to announce that the title is ready for sale in OverDrive Marketplace now, though its release date is not until July. You can add it to your school or public library catalog immediately, and accept holds that will be filled when the eBook is published.


To order this classic title and see some other very big authors and titles newly available in eBook format, check out this cart: Starring Harper Lee: Best of the Backlist. You’ll find bestselling titles from authors like Arthur Hailey, James Michener, Isabel Allende and more—newly available in eBook format for libraries and schools. Enjoy!

Cindy Orr is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.


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Classic in a new format!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 26, 10:04 AM

A classic in a new format.

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My Life In 20 Lines - a simple storytelling activity

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Here's a simple idea for practicing the past simple with lower level students. I got it from Quora, a website that allows its users to ask and answer each other questions. Unlike other similar site...
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I'm considering this for an online icebreaker. I have no doubt it would make a great writing course activity!

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, May 24, 6:13 AM

Check out Quora, all. This is indeed an excellent exercise and I agree with Dennis O'Connor - would make a wonderful online icebreaker for a digital classroom. Exciting!

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A Visual Guide To Slowing Down The Distracted Generation (Infographic)

A Visual Guide To Slowing Down The Distracted Generation (Infographic) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
I’m guilty. And I’m definitely too old to be considered part of the ‘distracted generation’. I didn’t grow up with a device in hand at all times, hopping from shiny thing to shiny thing on the internet. I use tools to help keep me from being distracted online. Distractions are all around with technology, and connecting …

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A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Writing Accuracy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Classroom Poster on Writing Accuracy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Ah, the art of peeling down writing... all shown in an infographic!

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Annie Edmonds Skerchek's curator insight, April 16, 11:05 AM

The onion has lots of layers

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Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga

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http://www.thebookchook.com/2014/03/poetry-with-kids-presenting-haiga.html


This is the fourth in a recent series of articles at The Book Chook about poetry and children. The first was Poetry with Kids - Ideas and Resources, the second was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiku, and the third was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiga. This week, the final in this series is Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga.


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BookChook's curator insight, March 6, 8:28 PM

Some ideas on presenting haiga after children have created them (by adding haiku to images.) Also links to other articles about creating poetry with kids. 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 5:13 AM

Some great ideas on how to connect pictures with Haiku and then how to present.