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: Announcing: Free Common Core Rubric Creation Tool!

: Announcing: Free Common Core Rubric Creation Tool! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

EssayTagger is a web-based tool to help teachers grade essays faster. But it is not an auto-grader.

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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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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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5 Steps for Editing Your Own Writing

5 Steps for Editing Your Own Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Whether you are working on an academic paper like an essay, a dissertation or any other form of writing, editing is a sure way to polish your work. Mistakes in writing are inevitable. Professional writers usually edit their work as many times as possible. It goes without saying that editing is beyond checking for grammar or punctuation errors in writing. It involves rewriting and restructuring a written piece. Many people assume that editing is a daunting task which is untrue. Here are 5 effective steps for editing your own writing.


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Buffy Hamilton: Summer Reading: Cultivating Seed Ideas for Growth in 2017-18

Buffy Hamilton: Summer Reading:  Cultivating Seed Ideas for Growth in 2017-18 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Having the opportunity to teach a middle school course dedicated to writing for 6th, 7th, and 8th grader learners in 2016-17 was a roller-coaster of experiences and emotions, but more importantly, it was also a time of questioning and growth for me as a teacher and a learner.   There was a good deal of trial and error as I tried out new strategies and approaches, but there were also important insights and questions that came from this experimentation.
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Buffy Hamilton has a new blog!  Read it. She always shares insight that helps stoke the passion to teach and learn. 

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6 Writing Techniques for a Professional Research Paper

6 Writing Techniques for a Professional Research Paper | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Anyone can write a research paper with the plotted objectives, alternatives, introductions, contexts, and conclusions. However, not everyone can provide an
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Research writing is a powerful mode. Here are techniques that we all (should have) learned in High School.

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Research Writing Rewired: Composing Using Digital Tools

Research Writing Rewired: Composing Using Digital Tools | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Research papers often get a bad reputation. But we conduct research all the time in our everyday lives. Whether we want to understand civic issues or make a major life purchase, we need research skills to sift through all the information. Research writing skills students practice in the classroom need to transfer to their lives too. The most powerful opportunities for this kind of academic learning to transfer to lifelong skills happens when students have some degree of choice about the topics and texts they will study, are able to socially construct new meaning from shared experience, and to demonstrate their skills in both writing and through other media.
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Excellent article on digital writing tools and research. 

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NCTE Teaching Writing: Lesson Plan Data Base 

NCTE Teaching Writing: Lesson Plan Data Base  | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Search and you will find! 

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A thousand resources from the National Council of Teachers of English. 

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Why are citations important in research writing? – Writing For Research – Medium

Why are citations important in research writing? – Writing For Research – Medium | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Yet the significance of citations goes far beyond energizing and rewarding scientific and academic competition, and for PhDers and early career researchers it is worth briefly enumerating these…

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Citation is part of the research mode  writing.

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Citations and research writing -- you can't have one without the other!

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"Yet the significance of citations goes far beyond energizing and rewarding scientific and academic competition..."
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22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times

22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We go hard for National Poetry Month here on The Learning Network, so you may already be familiar with an earlier version of this piece we started way back in 2010.

But, as The Times kept publishing news and features about poetry and poets, we kept adding more and more ways to teach it, until that old piece started to look downright overstuffed.

Below is a fresh version for 2017, with over 20 ideas for helping even the most verse averse find something to enjoy.

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Poetry!

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The article includes some excellent ideas.
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Brilliant way of learning literature. Education that brings the beauty to theeducational process.
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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Using regular writing exercises with your students will help improve their creative and analytical writing skills immensely. The key to improving the craft of writing is with daily practice, of course. We know that there’s not always time for it in the class schedule, but not to worry. The 7 terrific writing exercises featured below are ones that students can use both in and out of class.


Students will enjoy these challenges, and you’ll exercise their thinking skills at the same time you work to improve their love for writing."

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More ideas to help you keep your students writing.

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Comic Creator - ReadWriteThink

Comic Creator - ReadWriteThink | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on). The organizers focus on the key elements of comic strips by allowing students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue (shown at left). This versatile tool can be used by students from kindergarten through high school, for purposes ranging from learning to write dialogue to an in-depth study of a formerly neglected genre. The tool is easy to use, made even easier with the Comic Strip Planning Sheet, a printable PDF that comic creators can use to draft and revise their work before creating and printing their final comics. After completing their comic, students have the ability to print out and illustrate their final versions for feedback and assessment.
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The writing process comes in many shapes and colors. 

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Teen March writing prompt calendar

Teen March writing prompt calendar | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to ensure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of prompts on hand. Teens thrive when they are given boundaries with generous margins. The twenty writing prompts in this free printable March writing prompt calendar provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate your high schooler while allowing for plenty of creative expression!
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Gather up more good ideas to support your daily writing habit classroom.

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Writing Fiction? 22 Tips That Every Young Writer Should Do – Create Make Write

Writing Fiction? 22 Tips That Every Young Writer Should Do – Create Make Write | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
When I was 21, I wanted to be a writer. But I only wanted to be a certain type of writer–like a journalist. I wanted to write a book one day, but not then. I remember reading Less Than Zero for a…
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Learning About Creative Writing with Real World Experts: Jenny Sadre-Orafai

Learning About Creative Writing with Real World Experts:  Jenny Sadre-Orafai | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We are indebted to Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Associate Professor in the Department of English at Kennesaw State University, for her time today in our “virtual visit” with a creative writing expert! We appreciate how she took time to really think about the questions sent to her from the students, and how thoughtfully she shared her expertise…
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The single reason why some people can't write, according to a Harvard psychologist

The single reason why some people can't write, according to a Harvard psychologist | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
"Why is so much writing so hard to understand? Why must a typical reader struggle to follow an academic article, the fine print on a tax return, or
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From the book:  The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

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6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers

6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Below are some popular journaling apps we curated specifically for teachers. You can use them to record your ideas and thoughts and capture your daily activities as you live them. You can then share or sync all of your notes across different devices.

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Apps to help build a journaling habit.  When your kids are writing, you write too.  This kind of modeling shows how important writing really is. 

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Humanities + Digital Tools: Lacuna Stories

"Lacuna Stories" is a collaborative annotation platform that empowers students and instructors to engage with course materials, and each other, in innovative and meaningful ways.
For more information, visit http://www.lacunastories.com/
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Great open source tool for online critical reading and collaboration. 

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The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds…

The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds… | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Many famous creatives, writers, innovators and original thinkers of our generation keep journals— for many, it is a creative necessity, for others, a place for exploration, and for some an art form in and of itself.
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Help your students build a life long habit of journaling. 

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SAS Writing Navigator

SAS Writing Navigator | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources in English language arts, math, science, social studies, and Spanish (grades 6-12).
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Could be a useful (and free) online tool for writing instruction.

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5 Student Interactives to Use in Your Class via Educators' Technology

5 Student Interactives to Use in Your Class via Educators' Technology | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Useful resources!

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Teachers: Inspire Writing Using Social Media and Image Sharing / Creativity-Portal.com

Teachers: Inspire Writing Using Social Media and Image Sharing / Creativity-Portal.com | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Educator and author Hank Kellner discusses strategies teachers can use to inspire writing by using social media and image sharing sites.

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Digital writing ideas.

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Are you a fool for writing? Join us April 1!

Are you a fool for writing? Join us April 1! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Join the Morehead Writing Project on this April Fool’s Day (2017) for a day jam-packed with writing excitement including Mad-Cap Writing, Eckphrastic poetry, and a session with the Red House …
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Inspiration for Aprill 1!

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Blogs in Plain English

Uploaded on Nov 29, 2007
A video for people who wonder why blogs are such a big deal.

This video introduces the concept of a blog as a way for every person to have the power to share news and information. It includes:
- How blogs are changing the idea of news in the 21st century
- How blogs are created and organized
- The role of blogs in bringing like-minded people together
- How blogs facilitate conversation and networking
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Blogs are a writing teachers powertool.  Empower the writing process, Blog!

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What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting | Educator Innovator

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting | Educator Innovator | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting.
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Making and writing go together. 

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Make it happen in the writing process classroom.

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How to Turn Wikipedia Into a Bottomless Pit of Story Ideas

How to Turn Wikipedia Into a Bottomless Pit of Story Ideas | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Did you know that a website you probably use every single day could be the key overcoming your writer’s block and unleashing an endless supply of juicy story ideas? Well, you probably had an inkling…
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The Showing Hand

Students are introduced to a handy way to remember how to incorporate more details into their writing. 

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Showing not telling is a great technique for any writer.  Thank to Sandy Loucks for this timely video explanation. 

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Steve Peha's 6-Traits Good Writing Poster

A poster by Steve Peha copyright 1996-2003. full poster available Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc https://ttms.app.box.com/s/841c78ac800d327721c7

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Excellent 6-Traits poster from Steve Peha! 

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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 |