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Teaching & Assessing Common Writing with Six Traits (an Oklahoma Writing Project presentation)
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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Fighting plagiarism is serious business. From brainchild-snatching to wholly quotables, plagiarists have plenty of wily ways to pass others' work off as their own -- and all of them are threats to original thinking. Melissa Huseman D’Annunzio imagines what would happen if a Department of Plagiarism Investigation were on the case.
A good video and thought provoking questions are the basis of a great lesson for students.
Why teachers should ask students to explain their answers Teachers can help students learn by asking them to explain their work -- rather than memorize and repeat answers -- researchers...
"Making Learning Connected (#clmooc) is a collaborative, knowledge-building and sharing experience open to anyone who’s interested in making, creativity and learning. As we design and then engage in “makes” that tap into our personal (and professional) interests, share what we’ve done with the Making Learning Connected community, learn from each others’ experiences, and reflect on our own growth, we’ll be agents in the recursive creation and re-creation of this experience known as a Massively Open Online Collaboration (MOOC). Throughout the MOOC, we’ll engage with and employ Connected Learning principles as they relate to making and learning.
"All are welcome to engage at whatever level and to whatever extent makes sense. Making Learning Connected includes pathways – for making, for connecting, for sharing – that allow for greater and lesser degrees of independence and guidance. Follow a linear thread through the six weeks of this MOOC or dip a toe in at one place or another, to create a unique path.
For more information, visit the Making Learning Connected FAQs."
Starts June 15 and runs for 6 weeks. Of course it's free.
Clearing the mind and sliding in / to that created space, / a web of waters steaming over rocks, / air misty but not raining,
Full Text of the Poem. Poetry by Gary Snyder combines his sense of the Western Mountains with his appreciation for all the mountain visions of asia.
It would have been easier if he'd done some prewriting... or is this his prewriting?
You might be interested if you're teaching or planning on teaching Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl. http://t.co/jf3XqxJW6B
Both high-tech innovations for learning and the inability of many schoolchildren to write well have been major talking points in educational circles for quite some time, but oddly enough, one may offer a solution to helping remedy the other.
There are a variety of tech tools and methods out there for teaching writing that can make the process easier and more fun for both teachers and students. While not every high-tech way of teaching writing will work for every class or every student, there’s enough variety that there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Here are a few tech-focused ways to help students learn grammar, essay-writing, and, most importantly, why good writing is so important to their futures.
Fascinating letters. Interesting correspondence. (RT @cota_meza: Consejos de escritor C. S. Lewis: Letters of Note: C.
photo of T by Mary McHenry Back in January, I wrote a rambling, terribly earnest post titled How Does a Child REALLY Learn to Write? That post generated a slew of thoughtful and heartfelt comments.
Excellent thoughts on the process of writing, and what not to stress as your students progress.
Because we have to be back at school this summer during the second week of August this upcoming year, Dena and I created/finalized an August Writer's Notebook…
More good ideas from Corbett Harrison!
Creative writing is hard. Like, really, really hard. While I can bang out an academic paper in no time at all, I find myself agonizing over the keyboard for hours just to churn out a couple measly pages. Oftentimes, I find that the hardest part of creative writing is just starting the story.
5 clever ways to get the writing juice flowing.
Slightly weird, but I can see how these ideas would make the breakthrough.
Articles and excerpts based on Reflect and Write: 270 Poems and Photographs to Inspire Writing by Elizabeth Guy and Hank Kellner.
Journal Writing Prompts: These high-interest prompts will encourage kids to describe, explain, persuade, and narrate every day of the school year.
I believe you should teach your students how to write without prompts. That said, it's great to have prompts available when the pump needs priming.
The author’s son brought home a handout that explains the basics of great writing.
I’ve written several posts about my 10-year-old son and his developing writing skills. And though he may not share my alacrity for writing, his school curriculum is full of great writing advice. Recently, he came home with a handout called “Six traits of great writing.” The advice outlined in the handout is basic, but it remains important for writers of all stripes.
The Best Teen Writing is a collection of stories, essays, and poems written by teen authors who won medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, published by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers each year.
Computer programming gets great press. Because software engineering is a prosperous, growing field—and because, even beyond the tech industry, everything will soon be run on code—young
And how, in a large software company, do top coders convey their ideas? The same way people communicate at small, spread-out software start-ups—or, for that matter, in economic endeavors far beyond tech, including medicine, finance, academia, and a million office jobs: They write.
Learn to write. Be a communicator.
A free resource that uses interactive video and games-based learning to teach students vocabulary. Educators can set school tournaments, and students can play fun learning games challenging classmates and other schools.
Hmmmm 6-Trait Card games anyone?
english language learners...
The last few weeks have seen a furor over machine scoring—especially as people recognize that this is the method proposed by developers of the CCSS writing assessments. In my view, machine scoring will inevitably promote formulaic writing.
According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.
Love that writers' can activate other people's brains by telling stories -- readers experience it as if they have lived it first hand. Ah, the power of a great story.
I totaly agree. I think and I prove with myself and my students when they write they remember more.
Muy interesante y recomendable este recorrido sobre los efectos de la escritura en nuestro cerebro.
In 2008, Fran Simmons, an English teacher at NewDorpHigh School in New York—at that time one of the lowest-performing secondary institutions in the nation— devised a simple test for her students in an effort to keep district officials from pulling the plug. First, she asked her freshman class to read Of Mice and Men. Then, using information from the novel, she asked them to answer the following prompt in a single sentence:
“Although George …”
She was looking for a sentence like: Although George worked very hard, he could not attain the American Dream.
What Simmons received was alarming in the truest sense of the word. Some students wrote passable sentences, but many could not manage to finish the line. More than a few wrote the following:
“Although George and Lenny were friends.”
This in-depth post explores the issue of language impacts our ability to think. After an introduction the post is split into three sections.
The first section explores "the psycholingusitic case for writing education." It is noted that the Common Core states that students in grades 6-12 "should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.” And following this raised a different question:"If a student can’t write it, however, why should we assume that she can think it?"
What follows is a look at language, where we see that the language we learn impacts us in many ways, that some cultures have many words for a word like snow while others do not, that cultures whom have language that have "gendered objects" impacts how people view the objects.
The second section explores "Can you teach better math and science be teaching writing?" Information is provided about New Dorp High School (in New York). The school implemented a program that included "writing-to-learn" across the curriculum (except for math) and discovered that major gains in writing were apparent by the second year.
The third section "highlights ten features of writing education that can be used to enhance student learning across all subject areas, ultimately resulting in higher academic performance."
The first two suggestions are below (all are quoted from the post).
1. Vocabulary Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that the concept of a word may change depending on the context in which it is used.2. Syntax Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that every math problem and essay prompt has a hierarchical structure. Click through to the post to learn more about these two features of writing and about eight additional features.
These lessons read the poetry and explore themes, dynamics of the poems and information about the authors.
I'm a third grade teacher and love it!! Come check out my blog The Sweet Life of Third Grade: http://mrsestblog.blogspot.com Audrey is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and...
Mentor texts are the natural way to combine writing and reading instruction.
Valuable insights from one "in the trenches."
Amy Krouse Rosenthal provides insight into her new word play book. Chronicle Books offers a giveaway of the book to one reader who comments on this post.
Mentor Texts are a natural way to blend reading and writing instruction.
Today Deb Gaby and I finished leading the third day of a three-day Foundations of Writing Workshop training. At the end, we asked for reflections.
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.
I love teaching this course. This summer we'll work with great teachers from around the world to better understand how the writing process and the 6 traits work together to create a powerfull writing/reading workshop in any classroom.
The course will give you more than a year's worth of ideas and new resources. Great for license renewal, and teacher spirit renewal!