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Michael Lewis’ perspectives on the writing process

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It is by no means an anomaly that two of the best authorities on the writing process, Michael Lewis and Stephen King, are themselves prolific authors of countless bestsellers. The paperbound editio...
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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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Always Write: Sacred Writing Time

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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, 8:50 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 3:14 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, 1:04 PM

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, 9:13 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, 2:05 PM

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, 11:28 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, 8:13 AM

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

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The Best Mind Mapping Tools and Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Writing teachers: what provides idea generation and note taking, plus incredible memory training?  Yes mindmapping.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, March 6, 6:14 PM

Some great ideas for mind mapping here and getting students to think about all the possibilities before beginning their quest!

Wendy Farren-Price's curator insight, March 6, 10:52 PM

I have use some of these mind mapping tools but am eager to try a few more!

Patricia Christian's curator insight, March 22, 9:00 PM

More tools for writing, organizing ideas and brainstorming.

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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

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Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

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Nacho Vega's curator insight, April 2, 4:48 PM

Read it... or not... :)

JordiMarínba's curator insight, April 6, 6:37 PM

Excellent infografic to bear in mind when writing blogs.

MCLibrarianRMIT's curator insight, April 13, 1:12 AM

Common grammar errors and how to fix them.  Applicable to more than just blog posts.

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Using Diigo to Support Common Core

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Diigo is a great resource that allows you to annotate, archive, and organize bookmarks as you do research and work on school projects.
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12 Writing Exercises That Will Transform Your Copy Today ...

12 Writing Exercises That Will Transform Your Copy Today ... | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Demian Farnworth provides 12 exercises that help you flesh out and sharpen the overriding need your copy must focus on -- without repeating yourself.

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Lesley Hussell's curator insight, February 10, 4:41 AM

Here is a simple, orderly process to get you thinking like your customer and writing persuasive copy that shows how they need your product/service. Good for websites, brochures or sales letters.

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Lecture on Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics

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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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 22, 4:28 AM

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

Gary Harwell's curator insight, June 25, 1:10 AM

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.

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, June 29, 6:09 AM

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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Stefano Principato's curator insight, June 16, 10:51 AM

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

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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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ozziegontang's curator insight, May 5, 4:48 AM

Nothing to add.  Just read it and reflect.

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Writing in the Other Core Content Areas ~ ASCD Express

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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, 8:58 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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Teaching argument writing by solving mysteries ~ English Companion

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by Ryne


"One effective way to teach students argument writing (specifically the use of a clear claim and sound evidence and warrants/analysis) is by asking them to solve mysteries. I found a great article online about a real-life murder mystery and wanted to share it with you:"


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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
In this lesson, we offer suggestions on how to guide students through the process when writing editorials — from brainstorming a topic to publishing their work — and all the steps in between.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 10, 1:11 PM

Persuasive writing tips for editors in the making!

ozziegontang's curator insight, February 21, 3:52 PM

How to write rightly. 

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Vicki Davis: ISTE 2012 Collaborative Writing and Common Core in the Cloud

During a 4 minute "shred" session I gave an overview of my presentations for the day at ISTE 12: Diigo and Common Core in the Cloud.
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