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Wednesday Writing Workout!

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Greetings, all! Hope you enjoyed last week's inaugural writing workout, when we got to imagine a conversation with a favorite actor. Helped me learn why Mr.
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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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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!
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365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten

365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
If you want to become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing every single day. But we know sometimes it can be hard to think of what to write about! So we put together this list of 365 creative writing prompts to give you something to write about daily. Whether you write short stories, poems, or like to keep a journal – these will stretch your imagination and give you some ideas on what to write about!

Via John Evans
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Prompts are useful. I'm more comfortable using writing prompts if I know my students can generate a prompt of their own.  One way to promote this skills is to always offer students the option to come up with their own prompt.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 2, 2016 9:50 AM
Enough for two years with opportunity to create variations that match well with your grade level.
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Prompts are useful. I'm more comfortable using writing prompts if I know my students can generate a prompt of their own.  One way to promote this skills is to always offer students the option to come up with their own prompt.

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Join the Writing Lesson of the Month Network

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SEPTEMBER'S WRITING LESSON: I had a lot of interest in the lesson of the month when I summarized it last month, so I worked hard to post it a few days early this month. As school picture day looms or is still fresh in their memories, you might want to capitalize on making a great story using this month's The Worst Picture Day Ever lesson and writing challenge!
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Here's the latest news from Corbett (and Dena) Harrison. If you have not yet joined the Writing Lesson of the Month Network, Do so! Invaluable, classroom tested mentor text inspired lessons are just a few clicks away. ~ Dennis 

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Here's the latest news from Corbett (and Dena) Harrison. If you have not yet joined the Writing Lesson of the Month Network, Do so! Invaluable, classroom tested mentor text inspired lessons are just a few clicks away. ~ Dennis 

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Students as Writers and Composers: Workshopping in the Digital Age - National Writing Project

Students as Writers and Composers: Workshopping in the Digital Age - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Summary: Third grade teacher Franki Sibberson and Chippewa River Writing Project director Troy Hicks discuss how they view digital technologies in the classroom, touching on topics such as encouraging intentionality, finding balance between traditional writing and newer modes, and the difficulties of assessing digital assignments.

 

Hicks, Troy, and Franki Sibberson. "Students as Writers and Composers: Workshopping in the Digital Age." Language Arts 92:3 (2015) 223-230. Copyright ©2015 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Reprinted with permission.

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It might be time to add online resources like Pinterest and Twitter to build a virtual three ring binder of resources for writing.

 

Rich resources are where you find them. Those looking to digitize primary writing programs should consider Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits. 3 Graduate units for UW-Stout Online Professional Development.

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Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation: Handwriting and Typing

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In less than a month, I will be traveling to Rhode Island to participate in the fourth annual Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, and part of my role will be to kick off a session on “Digital Deliberations,” specifically on the topic of “typing vs. handwriting.”
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This is part one of an intriguing series about handwriting and typing.  Troy Hicks brings a scholar's mind and a parents real world point of view to this ongoing topic of interest.

 

As a young teacher, long before the turn of the century,  I recall fiery staff room debates on what might happen if students started using word processing software.

 

I saw the clear path from touch typing to the flow of keyboard composition. Others saw the '...tools of the devil!" 

 

Ironically, I ended up being responsible in my district for replacing IBM Selectrics with Apple //s & WordStar. 

 

Take a look! Troy Hicks gives us a fascinating read for the word nerd in all of us!

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Back to School with Great Materials from Corbett Harrison

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Back to School with Great Materials from Corbett Harrison

 

 
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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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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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Troy Hicks: Crafting Digital Writing

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A companion site to Troy's Heinemann books , this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.
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Curated resources from a respected source. Tory Hick's WIKI is a place to go!  So go!

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Teaching writing online is a natural fit.  Teaching digital writing provides the tools of the trade. Hicks explores the craft with a scholar's eye and a writer's voice.

 

This is a rich WIKI archive of resources supporting Crafting Digital Writing Composing Texts Across Media and Genres

by Troy Hicks.  Enjoy,  sample chapters, expertly curated resource links, example essays -- so many fine ideas!

 

Those interested in crafting a writer's workshop based on 6-traits assessment should consider this great class from UW-Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits.

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Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation, Part 2: Handwriting and Typing Curricula and Websites

Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation, Part 2: Handwriting and Typing Curricula and Websites | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
As a parent, I have always said that, of course, I want my children to know how to write (in this case, I mean “handwriting”) and how to type. Even that conversation brings up some tension in our home as we think about our two girls who are “all thumbs” with their phone-typing, and two of our boys who, at best, write in school only because they “have to.” Legible handwriting (let alone cursive) is a battle for nearly all our kids, one that my wife and I have, in all honesty, fight hard each September but then give up on as the school year progresses.
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As I read this article my eyes began to cross.  What I appreciate about this article is Troy's honest voice as he attempts to parse the weeds of various standards and website claims about the efficacy of touch typing and the importance of handwriting.

 

I chose the refreshing Parent Point of View statement Troy provides because it reflects the real world of sending your kids to school

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Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing

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"There is not a writer in our classrooms today who will not be producing something with a digital writing tool in her or his lifetime." -- Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks frequently uses the words "intentional" and "deliberate" to highlight the need for writers to conscientiously think through composing digital texts. Those two words could just as easily describe the author's thoughtful affect on Paul Allison's Teachers Teaching Teachers or the degree to which his new book, Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres, methodically articulates how 4th-12th grade instructors can introduce technology tools, mentor texts, composing practices, and heuristics for helping students write.

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What Happens When You Combine a Writer's Workshop and Makerspace?

What Happens When You Combine a Writer's Workshop and Makerspace? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

August 28, 2016
By Amber Chandler

Angela Stockman, author of Make Writing: 5 Strategies that Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Makerspace, has what many creative types can only dream of–a studio.

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Writing and Making go together. Creating a combo writer's workshop and maker's space is a bit of classroom genius. See how it's done!

 

Learning more about Writers's Workshop and Maker Cultture at UW-Stout Online Professional Development!

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Research Writing Rewired - National Writing Project

Research Writing Rewired - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Summary: How can teachers integrate inquiry-based research approaches with digital reading and writing in the classroom? This is the question that Dawn Reed and Troy Hicks explore in their 2016 book, Research Writing Rewired: Lessons that Ground Students' Digital Learning. We talked with the authors about strategies, lessons, tools, and principles for supporting connected learning in the English Language Arts classroom.
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Here's a rich channel of ideas and information from the National Writing Project. This podcast speaks to high school English teachers about inquiry based reading and writing. Don't miss the links to additional resources found on this page.

 

Those looking to build their writing programs should consider Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits. 3 Graduate units for UW-Stout Online Professional Development.

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Ron Martinez, PhD: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays

Ron Martinez, PhD: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Students can hear me explain what I am doing and why I am doing it as I provide feedback on how they can improve their written assignments.
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This article may open your eyes to the power of time-shifting your writing conferences using technology.  I regularly use screencasting to provide in context feedback on student portfolios. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 21, 2016 11:10 PM

Online or face to face or online... screencasting is a skill to develop!

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Often, you can do this right in your learning management system. 

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 |