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Teaching & Assessing Common Writing with Six Traits (an Oklahoma Writing Project presentation)
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Understanding the relationship between 6-Trait and the common core standards is a necessary professional skill. Pay particular attention to the Common Core's 10 Anchor Standards for Writing.  You'll see the connections. 

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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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Fall: September 26 - November 28, 2016

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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Concepts, instructional methods and assessment strategies for improving writing instruction, middle school through post-secondary. Self-assessment strategies, application of 6-traits, technology and software applications, and writing across the curriculum.

This class will focus on how to apply the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory's 6+1 Traits™ model to the process of teaching and evaluating writing.

The course activities will investigate the vocabulary, concepts, and application of writing traits to classroom instruction and student assessment.

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Always Write: Transitioning through a Machine: Teaching Transitional Phrases and Revision after Inventing a Machine in a Writer's Notebook

Always Write: Transitioning through a Machine: Teaching Transitional Phrases and Revision after Inventing a Machine in a Writer's Notebook | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett Harrison:

 

Revision is a key in teaching writing well. Not only do we need to help students understand the revision step of the writing process, but we must also go back and revise our old lessons to make them fresher and smarter and better. I've learned so much more about student writers since originally posting the lesson at WritingFix, and I am thrilled to be presenting my latest version of this lesson, which I still use every year. It's one of my students' favorite lessons, and--more importantly--it's one of my favorite lessons.

 

I meet too many teachers who can't tell me what their favorite writing lesson is, and to me, a teacher without a favorite writing lesson is incapable of making writing an enjoyable experience in the classroom. If you're a teacher without a favorite lesson, try this one out early on next school year. Believe me, it works. And it teaches students important skills that I guarantee are in your state's standards.

 

Additionally, this lesson helps students see the value of a writer's notebook as a tool for beginning small ideas that are worth exploring.

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This is a lesson I'd try in a heartbeat.  Thanks for re-polishing this gem Corbett!

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Corbett Harrison: An Online 6-Traits Writing Class We Recommend!

Corbett Harrison: An Online 6-Traits  Writing Class We Recommend! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Looking for a summer learning experience that improves your skills as a writing teacher?  I recommend the following online course, which friend of WritingFix and Always Write--Dennis O'Connor--has helped coordinate this class for many years.  You simply can't maintain a functioning workshop environment for writing if students don't own the vocabulary of writing instruction, and the 6 Traits have been the academic language of choice we've used in my classroom for years!

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Many thanks to Corbett Harrison, creator of the great WritingFix website for recommending our class Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits.

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Always Write: Name Games for the Writer's Notebook

Always Write: Name Games for the Writer's Notebook | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

 Corbett Harrison:

 

"This page contains two writer's notebook challenges based on creating interesting character names. My students certainly use very different writing techniques than I do, and what excites them to produce writing is often quite different from what excites me to write. There is nothing wrong with this, and just as I occasionally force them to try a technique that works for me in their writer's notebook, I also begrudgingly try out techniques in my own notebook that they claim work for them. It's the "give and take" that must be present in a true writer's workshop environment, and it's why scripted writing programs (I'm talking to you "Step Up to Writing" and Jane Shaffer) often squelch our students instead of inspiring them to write."

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Classroom gold from Corbett Harrison.

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

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Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
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Reflective practice at its best!
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Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.
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Establishing a Writing Community in the College Classroom

Establishing a Writing Community in the College Classroom | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Fast forward a decade or so… many of these same students now view writing as a chore rather than something to celebrate. As the years progressed, writing became harder, and they started viewing it with dread as they struggled with increasingly difficult tasks. As freshmen in college, they are required to take my developmental writing class; they have not elected to take it. When the course begins, many of my students view themselves as bad writers, and most admit that they don’t like writing.
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As a middle school writing teacher I understood how essential community is to the writing process. As an online teacher, I know that community remains at the core of things.

 

This concise article is a lifeline for those teaching writing at the college level. It is tuned to the needs of Freshman English teachers (both virtual and face to face).

 

Our online course: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits provides a rock solid foundation for developing a writing community for any grade level. I've see college professors, middle school,  and highschool teachers learning together.  It gives everyone a sense that we are in this together!

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How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
 The How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic outlines eight key takeaways from Starr Sackstein’s Hacking Assessment book.
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Sounds like an idea writing workshop / 6-Traits classroom to me! (I ran my middle school classroom without traditional grading for 6 months.  It worked very well.  The kids were happy and productive. 


I wish I could say the same for parents and administration. .. 8-) 

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Prestigious Milken Award Goes to Writing Project Teacher-Consultant - National Writing Project

Prestigious Milken Award Goes to Writing Project Teacher-Consultant - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Type: In the News Lauren Jensen, who attended summer institutes at the Long Island and Northern Virginia Writing Projects, was named this year's Milken Educator Award recipient for New York.

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Congratulations Lauren Jensen!  A Milken Award changed my life back in 1995.  May many doors open for you and your students!


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Rubrics: You know they are worth the effort!

Rubrics: You know they are worth the effort! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
English teachers know a few things about managing the paper load. But managing isn’t leading. We should do more than manage the load; we should lead our students through the writing process (invention, drafting, and revising) to help them become independent thinkers who can effectively present their ideas to an audience.

Rubrics offer an effective way to guide thinking and learning in any writing-intensive course.
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This article will help shift your point of view a bit as you think about how you work with rubrics.  (Take a look!)

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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

Penelope's curator insight, February 9, 8:31 PM

 

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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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The trick to being a good reader, no matter the medium, is being an engaged reader, a fact that Pennington notes is well-supported by research. “It’s pretty clear that good readers are active readers engaged with the text,” he said.
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Engagement is the key....

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Rolling Out the Trait Language to Students

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Learn how to lay the foundation for a year of writing instruction as Kristina Smekens unveils a systematic approach for using icons and physical “triggers” to introduce students to the Six Traits of Writing.
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Kristina Smekens is a dynamic teacher / presenter and this lively video will give you a quick and compelling overview of how to introduce the essential vocabulary of the 6-Traits in your classroom..

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Christopher Meeks: POETIC SENSE: Sound and Imagery

Christopher Meeks: POETIC SENSE: Sound and Imagery | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Christopher Meeks

Some years ago when I first started to teach a fiction class called “Essential Beginnings” at UCLA Extension, I had to consider what I should offer new writers. In the context of a three-hour class, what things might I guide people toward that they may not otherwise discover immediately on their own? Poetry. I use it now, too, in my fiction class at Santa Monica College.

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Zeugma? Is this a literary device you know? Be sure to see Christopher Meeks's superb list of sound and imagery devices.

 

Christopher Meeks is a writer who also teaches writing. His techniques for adult writers also work in the classroom with young writers. I've enjoyed his work for years. 

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Technically a Librarian: Make Writing

Technically a Librarian: Make Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
While at one of our ELA planning meetings, we were discussing the lack of enthusiasm kids have for writer's workshop. What was once a time for kids to express themselves creatively, was now a time that kids dreaded. How sad? I loved Writer's Workshop as a kid. We had to fix this. They had tried creative prompts, incorporating movies and music, but they were still "bleh".

As we were brainstorming, an 8th grade English teacher brought up the book "Make Writing" by Angela Stockman. Oddly enough, I had just finished reading my advanced readers copy since I'm a member of the Hack Learning VIP program. All of a sudden we both were sitting at the edge of our seats ready to do it!
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Here's a great set of ideas for your writing workshop.

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I love these ideas.  This is something I'd start next Monday!

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What do you get when you cross a makerspace and creative writing class? #tlchat
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Corbett Harrison: Always Write - Materials & Resources

Corbett Harrison: Always Write - Materials & Resources | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Learning to write should be an adventure of thought, not a boring tour through Five-Paragraph-Essay Land. Always Write
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This is a link to Corbett Harrison's TeachersPayTeachers site. Corbett's materials are classroom gold. For a modest fee you can buy great content for your classroom and support his great websites: Writingfix.com

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Unexpected Benefits of Grading Effort and Habit 

Unexpected Benefits of Grading Effort and Habit  | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The “Contract for B,” first proposed by Peter Elbow, encourages students to experiment with their college writing in new and novel ways.
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Connecting the 6-Traits Assessment strategies with traditonal letter grades is always a puzzler. Here's insight that might spark your thinking.

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Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Join us in a conversation with Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer, authors of Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay. These authors claim, “If we want our students to be more engaged, skilled writers, we need to move beyond the five-paragraph essay.” Tune in to hear us talk about why and how middle school and high school teachers can do just that.
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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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Where is the Dialogue?

Where is the Dialogue? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Adding dialogue to a piece can a be a great means of adding voice and detail, but I've found it doesn't necessarily come naturally for third-graders. They needed a nudge and some guided direction.

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Here's a nudge from the "Two Writing Teachers".  Terrific ideas.

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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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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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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 |