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A Writer's Life: Poetry and Plagiarism

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RT @kathyferber: A Writer's Life: Poetry and Plagiarism, from Sharon Olds to Christian Ward, A Wierd Week in Poetry http://t.co/xLuhvx4j #poetry
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Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits
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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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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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What You Will Learn

 

  • How to organize and enhance your writing program
  • Practical classroom methods for teaching writing with each of the 6-Traits
  • How to maximize the reading and writing connection
  • Multiple ways to teach revision and editing skills
  • Time-saving assessment and feedback strategies
  • How to score student writing using 6-Traits rubrics
  • How to integrate technology into the writing process
  • Connections between the 6-Traits, Common Core and writing across the curriculum

 

Who Should Enroll?

  • ESL/ELL teachers
  • Middle school and high school English and language arts teachers
  • Elementary teachers
  • K-12 teachers interested in writing across the curriculum, special education teachers
  • Technical and community college writing instructors
  • Curriculum coordinators

 

You may enroll in this course for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer credit to another university
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SAS Writing Navigator

SAS Writing Navigator | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources in English language arts, math, science, social studies, and Spanish (grades 6-12).
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Could be a useful (and free) online tool for writing instruction.

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5 Student Interactives to Use in Your Class via Educators' Technology

5 Student Interactives to Use in Your Class via Educators' Technology | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , juandoming
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Useful resources!

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Teachers: Inspire Writing Using Social Media and Image Sharing / Creativity-Portal.com

Teachers: Inspire Writing Using Social Media and Image Sharing / Creativity-Portal.com | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Educator and author Hank Kellner discusses strategies teachers can use to inspire writing by using social media and image sharing sites.

Via Charles Fischer
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Digital writing ideas.

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Are you a fool for writing? Join us April 1!

Are you a fool for writing? Join us April 1! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Join the Morehead Writing Project on this April Fool’s Day (2017) for a day jam-packed with writing excitement including Mad-Cap Writing, Eckphrastic poetry, and a session with the Red House …
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Inspiration for Aprill 1!

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Blogs in Plain English

Uploaded on Nov 29, 2007
A video for people who wonder why blogs are such a big deal.

This video introduces the concept of a blog as a way for every person to have the power to share news and information. It includes:
- How blogs are changing the idea of news in the 21st century
- How blogs are created and organized
- The role of blogs in bringing like-minded people together
- How blogs facilitate conversation and networking
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Blogs are a writing teachers powertool.  Empower the writing process, Blog!

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What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting | Educator Innovator

What a Makerspace Can Mean for the Writing Classroom—Takeaways from NWP Annual Meeting | Educator Innovator | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Librarian and maker Colleen Graves recaps a lively and learner-driven session on makerspaces and embracing making as teachers of writing at the 2016 NWP Annual Meeting.
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Making and writing go together. 

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Make it happen in the writing process classroom.

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How to Turn Wikipedia Into a Bottomless Pit of Story Ideas

How to Turn Wikipedia Into a Bottomless Pit of Story Ideas | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Did you know that a website you probably use every single day could be the key overcoming your writer’s block and unleashing an endless supply of juicy story ideas? Well, you probably had an inkling…
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The Showing Hand

Students are introduced to a handy way to remember how to incorporate more details into their writing. 

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Showing not telling is a great technique for any writer.  Thank to Sandy Loucks for this timely video explanation. 

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Steve Peha's 6-Traits Good Writing Poster

A poster by Steve Peha copyright 1996-2003. full poster available Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc https://ttms.app.box.com/s/841c78ac800d327721c7

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Excellent 6-Traits poster from Steve Peha! 

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Writing Our Lives: A History of Hosting Writing Conferences for Youth

Writing Our Lives: A History of Hosting Writing Conferences for Youth | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Since 2009, youth in central New York have had opportunities to participate in Writing Our Lives conferences and afterschool programs in support of the writing they do. Dr. Marcelle Haddix, originator of Writing Our Lives, and Dr. Bryan Ripley Crandall, Director of Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield, have collaborated to provide locations and opportunities for young people to ‘speak their truth’ during community events in a celebration of writing. To date, over a dozen Writing Our Lives conferences have been hosted in Central New York, southern Connecticut, and even New York City. These conferences provide workshops that are led by professional writers, youth advocates, and performers. Writing Our Lives - A History of Hosting Writing Conferences For Youth offers a history of the work and shares ideas for supporting in- and out-of-school opportunities for writing.
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Short but interesting podcast.

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Be a Better Writer, a review by Vicki Spandel

Be a Better Writer, a review by Vicki Spandel | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Be a Better Writer, 2nd edition by Steve Peha, with Margot Carmichael Lester. 2016. Carrboro, NC: Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc.
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New review from Vicki Spandel.

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Explore, Tinker, and Play: Everything I Need to Know About Teaching Writing I Learned at the Science Museum - National Writing Project

Explore, Tinker, and Play: Everything I Need to Know About Teaching Writing I Learned at the Science Museum - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
As science teachers look to English Language Arts for help with new Common Core literacy requirements, Tanya Baker, director of national programs at the National Writing Project, looks to the science museum as a model for creating spaces to let youth tinker, explore, and persist.
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Writing works across all curriculum, why not make it happen in a museum?

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Research Writing Rewired: Composing Using Digital Tools

Research Writing Rewired: Composing Using Digital Tools | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Research papers often get a bad reputation. But we conduct research all the time in our everyday lives. Whether we want to understand civic issues or make a major life purchase, we need research skills to sift through all the information. Research writing skills students practice in the classroom need to transfer to their lives too. The most powerful opportunities for this kind of academic learning to transfer to lifelong skills happens when students have some degree of choice about the topics and texts they will study, are able to socially construct new meaning from shared experience, and to demonstrate their skills in both writing and through other media.
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Excellent article on digital writing tools and research. 

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NCTE Teaching Writing: Lesson Plan Data Base 

NCTE Teaching Writing: Lesson Plan Data Base  | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Search and you will find! 

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A thousand resources from the National Council of Teachers of English. 

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Why are citations important in research writing? – Writing For Research – Medium

Why are citations important in research writing? – Writing For Research – Medium | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Yet the significance of citations goes far beyond energizing and rewarding scientific and academic competition, and for PhDers and early career researchers it is worth briefly enumerating these…

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Citation is part of the research mode  writing.

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Citations and research writing -- you can't have one without the other!

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Research
 
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"Yet the significance of citations goes far beyond energizing and rewarding scientific and academic competition..."
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22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times

22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We go hard for National Poetry Month here on The Learning Network, so you may already be familiar with an earlier version of this piece we started way back in 2010.

But, as The Times kept publishing news and features about poetry and poets, we kept adding more and more ways to teach it, until that old piece started to look downright overstuffed.

Below is a fresh version for 2017, with over 20 ideas for helping even the most verse averse find something to enjoy.

Via Jim Lerman
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Poetry!

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The article includes some excellent ideas.
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Brilliant way of learning literature. Education that brings the beauty to theeducational process.
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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Using regular writing exercises with your students will help improve their creative and analytical writing skills immensely. The key to improving the craft of writing is with daily practice, of course. We know that there’s not always time for it in the class schedule, but not to worry. The 7 terrific writing exercises featured below are ones that students can use both in and out of class.


Students will enjoy these challenges, and you’ll exercise their thinking skills at the same time you work to improve their love for writing."

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More ideas to help you keep your students writing.

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Comic Creator - ReadWriteThink

Comic Creator - ReadWriteThink | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on). The organizers focus on the key elements of comic strips by allowing students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue (shown at left). This versatile tool can be used by students from kindergarten through high school, for purposes ranging from learning to write dialogue to an in-depth study of a formerly neglected genre. The tool is easy to use, made even easier with the Comic Strip Planning Sheet, a printable PDF that comic creators can use to draft and revise their work before creating and printing their final comics. After completing their comic, students have the ability to print out and illustrate their final versions for feedback and assessment.
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The writing process comes in many shapes and colors. 

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Teen March writing prompt calendar

Teen March writing prompt calendar | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to ensure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of prompts on hand. Teens thrive when they are given boundaries with generous margins. The twenty writing prompts in this free printable March writing prompt calendar provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate your high schooler while allowing for plenty of creative expression!
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Gather up more good ideas to support your daily writing habit classroom.

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Writing Fiction? 22 Tips That Every Young Writer Should Do – Create Make Write

Writing Fiction? 22 Tips That Every Young Writer Should Do – Create Make Write | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
When I was 21, I wanted to be a writer. But I only wanted to be a certain type of writer–like a journalist. I wanted to write a book one day, but not then. I remember reading Less Than Zero for a…
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Learning About Creative Writing with Real World Experts: Jenny Sadre-Orafai

Learning About Creative Writing with Real World Experts:  Jenny Sadre-Orafai | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We are indebted to Jenny Sadre-Orafai, Associate Professor in the Department of English at Kennesaw State University, for her time today in our “virtual visit” with a creative writing expert! We appreciate how she took time to really think about the questions sent to her from the students, and how thoughtfully she shared her expertise…
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Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus

Cursive Handwriting and Other Education Myths - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There’s certainly a debate to be had. But it’s not one that seems to be taking place in schools or education ministries. And every time I hear of a young child turned off writing because he lacks the fine motor skills needed to master cursive, or prohibited from expressing herself freely because she’s not using the approved script, I see that our groundless obsession with cursive is not only pointless but can be destructive.
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In depth discussion of the research (or lack of research) into cursive handwriting.  

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How Robots in English Class Can Spark Empathy and Improve Writing

How Robots in English Class Can Spark Empathy and Improve Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Mention robots to many English teachers and they’ll immediately point down the hall to the science classroom or to the makerspace, if they have one. At many schools, if there’s a robot at all, it’s located in a science or math classroom or is being built by an after-school robotics club. It’s not usually a fixture in English classrooms. But as teachers continue to work at finding new entry points to old material for their students, robots are proving to be a great interdisciplinary tool that builds collaboration and literacy skills.

“For someone like me who teaches literature by lots of dead white guys, teaching programming adds relevance to my class,” said Jessica Herring, a high school English teacher at Benton High School in Arkansas. Herring first experimented using Sphero, essentially a programmable ball, when her American literature class was studying the writing of early settlers. Herring pushed the desks back and drew a maze on the floor with tape representing the journey from Europe to the New World. Her students used class iPads and an introductory manually guided app to steer their Spheros through the maze.

Herring, like many English teachers, was skeptical about how the Sphero robot could be a useful teaching tool in her classroom. She thought that type of technology would distract students from the core skills of reading, writing and analyzing literature. But she decided to try it after hearing about the success of another English teacher across the country.

Via John Evans
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Hands on pre-writing and brainstorming ahead. Great way to write across the curriculum.

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Robotics in Education: not so far away from school routine.
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Progress Continues on New Elk River Writing Project site at Montana State University, Billings - National Writing Project

Progress Continues on New Elk River Writing Project site at Montana State University, Billings - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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"With support from the National Writing Project, sites like the Elk River Writing Project work with educators on teaching skills across grade levels and subjects.

'It's a philosophy. It's a community,' [director Glenda] McCarthy said.

The idea is to get teachers to foster critical thinking, creativity and professional skills through writing and composition."

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Good News: The NWP keeps growing.

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6-Traits Resources

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You Will Learn How to:

  • Enhance student writing by teaching and assessing ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions
  • Build the reading/writing connection using mentor texts
  • Use digital tools in the writing process
  • Use the writing process with multiple ways to teach
  • Prewriting/Brainstorming
  • Organizing and developing a message/drafting
  • Revising/changing, rewriting, clarifying, deleting and regrouping text
  • Editing/grammar, punctuation and spelling corrections
  • Preparing product for publication/sharing
  • Engage students in the art of writing well
  • Develop time-saving assessment and feedback strategies using rubrics
  • Make connections between the 6-Traits, Common Core and writing across the curriculum
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Build your writer's workshop, engage young writers, assess writing instead of 'grading' it. Great online class!

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Anything that lets you connect more with your fellow man is a good thing!

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 |