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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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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

Online  Graduate Courses now available!


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
  • conventions


Learn to use the 6-Traits with the writing process to teach revision strategies. Help learners meet higher standards and improve test scores.  Best of all:  Work with an international group of teachers dedicated to improving their writing & reading classrooms!

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Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016

Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Welcome to the THIRD annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer.

Via CM Elias, Jim Lerman
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Treasure trove time!

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The third annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer... one to keep

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Bookmark these best-of-the-best blogs. There are some amazing posts that can give your writing a boost for 2016.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/

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6-Traits Online: Register Today: Build a Dynamic Writing Program this Year

6-Traits Online: Register Today: Build a Dynamic Writing Program this Year | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Register Now: UW-Stout Online Courses StartSpring: February 1 - March 25, 2016

EDUC 653 Middle School through Adult 6-Traits Writing Instruction
EDUC 654 PK Through Elementary 6-Traits Writing Instruction
Do you want to engage your students and build a great writing program before the end of the school year? This class provides a plethora of practical methods and inspirational ideas. 
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This is the FINAL CALL for a great online course where teachers from around the world share and discuss writing workshop and writing assessment methods.  

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Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers

Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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This community of writers page from Corbett Harrison has great ideas and charts.  Check it out!

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How to Write Fast and Well, Part 6: The Case of the Murdered Modifiers

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 6: The Case of the Murdered Modifiers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Eliminate the bad writing, and what's left will be good (or at least better).

One of the best ways to do that is also one of the simplest: cut out the adjectives and adverbs. Instead, choose the right nouns and verbs.
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This kind of editing works. 

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Narrative Nonfiction: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series

Narrative Nonfiction: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Stretch your students' knowledge of information writing by trying a unit of narrative nonfiction.
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Narrative Non-Fiction - a genre any writing teacher can use!

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Beginner's Guide to Writing Poetry Introduction

Take the full course for FREE at https://www.udemy.com/beginners-guide-to-writing-poetry. There is so much more to poetry than just what we see on greeting ...

Via Jackie Huster
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To teach writing you need to write.  To teach poetry, write poetry.  If you find yourself in the remarkably important position of teaching kids, include poetry in your curriculum (even if you have to sneak it in)!


This video introduces a free course offered on UDEMY, a popular online teaching platform.  The course is video driven. Experiment and experience at your own pace.   (Why not?)

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John Legend, National Writing Project Celebrate Innovative Educators Through LRNG Partnership - National Writing Project

John Legend, National Writing Project Celebrate Innovative Educators Through LRNG Partnership - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Summary: Inspired by influential teachers in his own life, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend discusses his partnership with the National Writing Project in the LRNG Innovation Challenges. LRNG was created to celebrate, elevate, and support innovative educators in and out of school. This article appeared in USA Today's weekend edition (8/29/15) in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC/Baltimore as part of a "Future of Education" feature.
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Links to full text pdf download.  Visit the NWP website for rich ideas and plentiful resources!

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Reflective practice goes digital

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Reflective practice for academics in Higher Education is not a new idea, in fact reflection is encouraged in most professional fields and is a habit that students should be developing as part of th...

Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Writing and Reflection: part of every writing class.

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What's so important about teaching writing? 6+1 Trait® Writing Research

What's so important about teaching writing? 6+1 Trait® Writing Research | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Evidence on the importance of writing
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How would you answer the question, "What's so important about teaching writing?"


Literacy it the road to freedom.

Writing is thinking.

If you have to ask, I hope you're not at teacher.


Here's some evidence that will help you justify teaching writing.

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College-Ready Writers Program Live from St. Louis - National Writing Project

College-Ready Writers Program Live from St. Louis - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Summary: The National Writing Project's College-Ready Writers Program Leadership Team gathered in St. Louis for the group's Summer Partnership Institute. Live from the institute, they share resources for teaching argument writing from non-fiction texts that have engaged secondary students across the country in considering multiple perspectives as they craft thoughtful arguments.

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Listen to the podcast

Nice list of resources

Intro Unit Available


Good ideas are where you find them!

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Corbett Harrison: Student Groups for the writing workshop (and anything else you teach).

Corbett Harrison: Student Groups for the writing workshop (and anything else you teach). | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett writes: "Interpersonal Learners process information by talking through it, and I accommodate that type of learning every day with my lessons."

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Look here for rock solid advice from a classroom master teacher. 

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I found great synonyms for "sensory" on the new Thesaurus.com!

I found great synonyms for "sensory" on the new Thesaurus.com! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Synonyms for sensory at Thesaurus.com with free online thesaurus, antonyms, and definitions. Dictionary and Word of the Day.
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Here's a tool for the flipped or classic classroom. Playing with sense words helps trigger the joy of writing. This is a fine word choice tool.

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Strike a Pose: Active Learning and Text Engagements with Tableaux!

Strike a Pose:  Active Learning and Text Engagements with Tableaux! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a way for students to engage with a work of fiction or to think more deeply about a piece of informational text?  Do you want to interject some energy into your world of learning and that of your students?  Would you like to incorporate kinesthetic learning into your classroom? 
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I say yes to every question in the lead.  What do you say?

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6-Traits Resources: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections?

6-Traits Resources: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Here's some hard won advice to English teachers everywhere.

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e-jobs: Online Adjunct Creative Writing Instructors

e-jobs: Online Adjunct Creative Writing Instructors | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We are seeking instructors to teach the following courses:

Screenwriting Fundamentals
Poetry Fundamentals
Fiction Fundamentals
Nonfiction Fundamentals

Qualifications
Minimum qualifications:
· MFA degree in Creative Writing
· Prior college level teaching preferred
· Publications or productions within genre
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Teaching writing online is a joy.  I started teaching writing process and six traits online nearly 15 years ago. The class is still online at UW-Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits.  


Online teaching is a good job for a writer.  Think about it?

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Writing and online teaching go hand in hand.  This is one way to make a living writing that will sustain you as you work on your craft.

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Stratford Man Looks For Ways To Heal By Writing — And Running

Stratford Man Looks For Ways To Heal By Writing — And Running | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
STRATFORD, Conn. — Bryan Ripley Crandall had a lot on his mind as he ran the Vicki Soto 5K in Stratford earlier this month. Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University, ran in honor of slain Newtown teac...
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We all have reasons to run and write!

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Allowing Student Choice within Information Writing: Diving into Information Writing

Allowing Student Choice within Information Writing: Diving into Information Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
How do you encourage students when beginning the writing process for information writing? Give them choices!
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Informational writing and the common core are what it is all about these days!

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Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest! Due October 2...

Writer's Notebook Metaphor Contest!  Due October 2... | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
After establishing writer's notebook time (which you hopefully already had time to do), encourage students to create a metaphor about their writer's notebook.  We have a lesson about metaphors (with last year's metaphor winners posted!) at the website:  http://www.corbettharrison.com/free_lessons/Four-Metaphor-Poems.htm ; My students are rough drafting theirs, sharing them, revising them, then creating a special page in their notebooks for the metaphor in the next week!
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Here's a fun way to honor your writing note book time. 

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6-Traits Resources: 6-Traits Online Professional Development - Enroll Immediately: Course Starts 9/28/2015

6-Traits Resources: 6-Traits Online Professional Development - Enroll Immediately: Course Starts 9/28/2015 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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.

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Great Teacher, Great Online Community, Great Concepts. 


(Do I need better word choice regarding the word great?)


If you teach writing, or want to learn how to teach and assess writing then this class can change your teaching life. 


This is the LAST CALL FOR THE FALL SECTION!  


Register now for 3 Graduate Credits from the University of Wisconsin Stout. 

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Podcast- Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era - National Writing Project

Podcast- Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Date: August 27, 2015

Summary: We talked with Sandra Murphy and Mary Ann Smith, authors of the book, Uncommonly Good Ideas: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era (a co-publication of NWP and Teachers College Press), and high school English teacher Brendan Nelson about research-based best practices, including practices that ease students from one kind of writing (narrative) to another (argument).
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One hour podcast worth listening to!  

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▶ The 6 Traits of Writing - YouTube

A brief introduction to the 6 traits of writing for secondary students-- Created using PowToon

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Clever presentation. The introduction is a bit long but it's worth the wait.  Look for a great set of similes that will help your students get the essence of each trait.

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6 Traits and Common Core: Standards don't have to blow your mind

6 Traits and Common Core:  Standards don't have to blow your mind | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This Traits-Common Core State Standards crosswalk provides a side-by-side comparison between the content of the 6+1 Traits and the first three CCSS writing standards for grades 11–12.
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Education Northwest provides training and resources for all teachers interested in the six traits writing.  Here's some Crosswalk help to make your lesson planning more efficient. (Who knows, you might even save some time to teach?)

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Setting up for the middle school writing workshop - Two Writing Teachers

Setting up for the middle school writing workshop - Two Writing Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Teaching writing workshop at the middle school level can be an extraordinarily satisfying experience: middle schoolers are ready and willing to think deeply about issues, they understand more, they...
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Solid advice from working teachers who answer the bell everyday.


If they can do it, so can you!

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Wordrobe

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Interesting possibilities here. This is a game system focused on words. They have a section for 'Language Geeks'. There's a competitive social hook as well.  


Worth exploring as a word choice tool.

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40 weirdly intriguing questions...

40 weirdly intriguing questions... | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
1. What’s a question you’re afraid to ask? To whom?
2. What’s something you hide about your personality?
3. What’s something other people think about you that you don’t agree with?
4. How do...
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Prompts are where you find them and I just found this thought provoking list of question on semi anonymous tumblr blog. 


Questions demand answers. Open ended questions evoke stories.

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Discussion Prompts are where you find them and I just found this thought provoking list of question on a semi anonymous tumblr blog.

Questions demand answers. Open ended questions evoke stories.


Icebreakers anyone?

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 |