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A Fresh Start (In the Middle)

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One of the things I love about teaching is the opportunity for a fresh start. No matter how the day goes, we get to start over the next morning.


Sometimes a fresh start is just what writing workshop needs. Now is a good time to evaluate how things are going…and perhaps start fresh. Here is a little procedure check list I made to help you think through the procedures and routines of your writing workshop.

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UW-Stout Online: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

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SUMMER 2015 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 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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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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Story Generator

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Hilarious short story generator. Write your own story in thirty seconds by entering some keywords or letting our automated system choose some for you. Story writing has never been so quick and easy.

Via Nik Peachey, Ricard Garcia
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Something to try in class or out.  Flipped classroom possibilities? Story starts? Prompts? Fun? 

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Teacher Manigat's curator insight, June 20, 3:36 PM
Can be very helpful in a mixed ability class!
cioccas's curator insight, June 20, 7:30 PM

Looks very useful for getting students started on writing narratives. After they generate a story, they could then copy the text and work on it to craft their own story.

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#StoryTelling #ELA #CommonCore #STEM #STEAM #Education #Literature #Drama

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Tips and Tricks for Creating Authentic iPad Learning Stations for Primary Students ~ Mrs.Wideen's Blog

Tips and Tricks for Creating Authentic iPad Learning Stations for Primary Students ~ Mrs.Wideen's Blog | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Creating Authentic iPad Learning Stations for Primary Students http://t.co/qJ91u4fryI ~ @mrswideen #edchat

Via Cindy Rudy
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Primary teachers and mobile learning.  A mix made in ... 21st century heaven.

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"TweenTribune" Provides The Same Text At Different Levels AND A Virtual Classroom - For Free!

"TweenTribune" Provides The Same Text At Different Levels AND A Virtual Classroom - For Free! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
It provides daily news stories, with the same one edited several times for different reading levels. The stories also have self-scoring quizzes and provide decent “critical thinking” questions that students can respond to in the comments. On top of that, teachers can create virtual classrooms to monitor it all, as well as moderating student comments.
And it’s all available for free!
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I can see this working in a tech enabled reading/writing classroom. Will it work for you?

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How Writers Write Poetry 2015 - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs

How Writers Write Poetry 2015 - Canvas Network | Free online courses | MOOCs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
How Writers Write Poetry 2015 offers an interactive progression through the principles and practice of writing poetry. The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include persona, notebooking, the line, the turn, form, and the lyric. The talks are designed for beginning poets just starting to put words on a page as well as for advanced poets looking for new entry points, engagement with process, or teaching tips. The course will be taught by Professor Christopher Merrill, International Writing Program Director, poet, and translator; and Camille Rankine, poet, Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College, and editorial director of The Manhattanville Review.
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The University of Iowa is well known for writing instruction.  As a writing teacher, why not write with the help of the Massive, Open, Online Class?

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Colorado Teacher Shares Heartbreaking Notes From Third Graders

Colorado Teacher Shares Heartbreaking Notes From Third Graders | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In a bid to build trust between her and her students, Schwartz thought up a lesson plan called "I Wish My Teacher Knew."

For the activity, Schwartz's third graders jot down a thought for their teacher, sharing something they'd like her to know about them.

"I let students determine if they would like to answer anonymously," she says. "I have found that most students are not only willing to include their name, but also enjoy sharing with the class. Even when what my students are sharing is sensitive in nature, most students want their classmates to know.
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Writing teachers have a special window into the lives of their students. Develop the trust in your classroom and help your kids to write from the heart.  What you'll learn about their lives will stay with you forever. 

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WritingFix: Using Song Lyrics as Mentor Texts...our iPods Across the Curriculum Project

WritingFix: Using Song Lyrics as Mentor Texts...our iPods Across the Curriculum Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Rob Stone:


So what would a lesson for students look like if it was inspired by something shared from the teacher's iPod? The purpose of this page is to answer that question. It contains many writing across the curriculum lessons created by many amazing teachers from nearly all curriculum areas. Each lesson is tied to the writing process, the writing traits and a “mentor text” which, in each poetry lesson below, is the song and its lyrics. Read, enjoy, and give some of them a try. We will consistently be adding great lessons to this page. Perhaps yours will be one of them.

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Inspired ideas from writing teachers working in the classroom. Share and enjoy. 

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Corbett Harrison: Sign Up for Writing Lesson of the Month Network

Corbett Harrison: Sign Up for Writing Lesson of the Month Network | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Once a month, I'll send you a Common Core-friendly writing lesson (inspired by WritingFix) and a writer's notebook idea from my own website.
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Great ideas from a great teacher working with a great network. 

Free inspiration for your writing classroom. 

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Web 2.0: cooltoolsforschools - Writing Tools

Web 2.0: cooltoolsforschools - Writing Tools | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Treasure trove of writing and research tools

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The background on this site makes it tough to read but the tool list is worth the eyestrain.

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Educators share how No Child Left Behind has affected their classroom | Colleen Flaherty | NEA.org

Educators share how No Child Left Behind has affected their classroom | Colleen Flaherty | NEA.org | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Steve Eklund is a retired California teacher who has seen what overzealous testing can do in public schools.

“I used to love teaching,” said Eklund. “Four words drove me into retirement—No Child Left Behind. I could no longer attend to the needs and wants of my students. All I was supposed to do was to get them ready to take tests.”

Educators and public education supporters across the country are speaking out, emailing their legislators, sharing their stories and signing the ESEA petition to let Congress know one important message—the current Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind, is not working.

Rather than closing achievement gaps and providing equal opportunities for all students, the focus has shifted from student learning towards testing, labeling and punishing schools.

Here are more stories of what No Child Left Behind has meant for teachers and their classrooms:


Click headline to read more--


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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I left the classroom just as NCLB was taking hold. I've worked with thousands of teachers doing online professional development. I've witnessed the erosion of moral and teaching spirit propagated by this disastrous legislation.  


It's long past time for NCLB to be set aside. It doesn't work, it never has worked.  The stories will break your heart.  

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Grammarly for Microsoft Office - YouTube

Grammarly for Microsoft Office - YouTube | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Download Grammarly for FREE today at www.grammarly.com/office-addin and see just how great mistake-free writing can be. The World's Best Grammar Checker, Gra...
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I'm installing Grammarly into Word.  The more writer's power tools I have at my fingertips the better. (Also this YouTube video makes a strong pitch for an interesting new product. 

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Syllabus - Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

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100% Online Graduate Professional Development


Course Description


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. Take a few moments to review the class objectives.

Each module is structured around an Introduction, Readings, Lecture, Activities, an Activity Checklist, and Discussion Forum.

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.


While online education is highly flexible and designed to meet your schedule, you will need to set and meet deadlines as part of your weekly assignments and collaborative work. Additionally, your colleagues will depend on you for timely feedback as you work together to deepen and clarify essential concepts.

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This course is offered three times a year. It becomes an amazing international community of writing teachers who share practical classroom methods while learning to assess writing with the 6-Traits. 


Tuition: $415 per semester hour graduate credit / $1245 a course. There is no registration fee. Tuition is the same for in-state, out-of-state and international participants.

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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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 20, 5:20 PM

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?

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How did English evolve? - Kate Gardoqui - YouTube

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-did-english-evolve-kate-gardoqui What is the difference between "a hearty welcome" and "a cordial reception"?...

Via Ricard Garcia
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For those that love language... share this!

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, June 11, 7:11 AM

Nice Ted Talk on the evolution of English language

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6 Amazing TED Ed Talks On Language ~ EdTech & MLearning

6 Amazing TED Ed Talks On Language ~ EdTech & MLearning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Language is an amazing communicative phenomenon that has picked the interest of linguists and scientists across different disciplines. While we do share with other animals the ability to communicate using a language form of some sort, communicating using a linguistic code in the form of encoded script remains the preserve of human beings. In fact, language in its linguistic written form is behind the development of humankind from primitive agrarian societies to highly technologized mobs.

To shed light on some of the amazing features that characterize language, we are sharing with you this collection of TED Ed videos covering  some interesting linguistic phenomena. Have a look and share with us what you think of them.

Via John Evans
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Write About » Learn

Write About » Learn | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Write About was built to be a part of the writing process in classrooms, helping students find an audience and teachers give personalized feedback. Social publishing and writing pedagogy are part of the same conversation, and these resources and lessons will help your class make the transition to digital writing!
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Here's a startup with some energy and ideas to help writing teachers. Investigate! 

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How to write fiction: Meg Rosoff on finding your voice

How to write fiction: Meg Rosoff on finding your voice | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Many would-be writers spend far too much time nervously scrabbling about for a voice, but the word itself is horribly misleading. "Voice" (unlike "power", for instance, or "presence") suggests a superficial quality, one that can be manipulated by having singing lessons, or by changing the tone, volume or accent.

There is nothing superficial, however, about voice when used in the context of writing. Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.
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When I read this description of voice I felt my writer's mind tingle down through all my limbs.  

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ADRIFT: Create your own Interactive Fiction

ADRIFT: Create your own Interactive Fiction | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Create your own Interactive Fiction with this free, easy to use application for Windows.

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callooh's curator insight, April 18, 11:57 AM

It's create-your-own adventure day and ADRIFT is another example of a platform you can use. A bit steeper learning curve than QUEST or Inklewriter.

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Ted Talks: Novelist Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story - YouTube

Uploaded on Oct 7, 2009
http://www.ted.com Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
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This is a video about finding your cultural voice. It speaks directly to the quest for voice that each writer (young and old) must pursue. 

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The Apostrophe Song - YouTube

Uploaded on Aug 4, 2010

http://www.coolrules.com iPhone/iPad/iPod App...Put the apostrophe back in its place... If you like this you'll probably like The Apostrophe Song iPhone/iPad App available from the iTunes App Store. It costs hardly anything.


Check out hip hop, rock and acoustic versions in the iTunes music store.You won't forget where to put an apostrophe again. Visit www.coolrules.com for more information. Follow The Apostrophe Song on Twitter

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This is a plug for a clever iPhone App. If some music and an app can get the concepts across to your class.... why not use the tool?



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Review by Tyler McBride of Linda Rief's Read Write Teach

Review by Tyler McBride of Linda Rief's Read Write Teach | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Reading Read Write Teach is like sitting down for coffee with a master teacher that you feel you’ve known for years. Linda Rief is full of experience, advice, and inspiration, which makes this book feel more like a conversation than a book..
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Writing Workshop remains a great way to teach. 

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Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in man's attic - Telegraph

Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in man's attic - Telegraph | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
An historian has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to help save a town bridge.


Walter Elliot, 80, found the 1,300-word tale starring the famous detective in a collection of short stories written for a local bazaar.
The wooden bridge in the Scottish town of Selkirk was destroyed by the great flood of 1902 and locals organised a three-day event to raise funds for a new one in 1904.

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This is no hoax. This find says something reassuring about printing on paper.  


Surprisingly, modern telecommunications are part of the picture as Conan Doyle's portrayal of 'editorial demands' set's the scene.  


I suspect most modern writers and nearly all bloggers are part- time workers at  "Institute of  Fiction" and reminded that card carrying members of  the 'Faculty of Imagination". 


The article includes a link to the full manuscript.  I've read and re-read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories many times. What a treat! 

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This is no hoax. This find says something reassuring about printing on paper.  


Surprisingly, modern telecommunications are part of the picture as Conan Doyle's portrayal of 'editorial demands' set's the scene.  


I suspect most modern writers and nearly all bloggers are part- time workers at  "Institute of  Fiction" and reminded that card carrying members of  the 'Faculty of Imagination". 


The article includes a link to the full manuscript.  I've read and re-read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories many times. What a treat! 

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5 Effective Ways for Developing Problem Solving Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Effective Ways for Developing Problem Solving Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Via Educatorstechnology, Suvi Salo, juandoming
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Problem-solving and Idea Generation infographic: Handy! 

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Sharon Berman's curator insight, April 6, 6:42 PM

Although these activities seem to be targetting Middle school, they can easily be adapted to target Higher Education, Undergraduate courses.  Some can even easily translate to to online virtual classroom situations, such as the brainstorming with a twist and the word association activities.

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Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader

Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.
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I just added this to my Chrome browser.  It came highly recommend. It also works in D2L (which has a very weak spell check system).  


To get your own custom dictionary you must create a free account with Grammarly. Their paid system has more horsepower.  


Give it a try! 

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Trent Online's curator insight, February 18, 4:00 PM

An excellent grammar-checking and grammar-advice tool

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 18, 9:10 PM

I'll have to try this new service. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, February 25, 3:11 AM

..always handy when writing :)

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