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Instant grammar checker - Fast, 100% FREE scans for your writing

Instant grammar checker - Fast, 100% FREE scans for your writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Online grammar checker. You don't need to pay us, register or complete any test - you just copy-paste your text and see your grammar mistakes. Easy as pie!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 14, 2013 9:19 AM

I tested it as English isn't my mother tongue to improve my writing and I like especially the opening help window while clicking the highlighted errors. It reminds me the lost knowledge over the years and so I can refresh it.

Communica8GH's curator insight, January 14, 2013 6:37 PM

More in-depth than typical word processing. Has some prAACtical applications for sure.

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, January 14, 2013 10:20 PM

a gr8 tool!

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

UW-Stout Online: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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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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

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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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For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials

For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The persuasive essay is a quintessential high school writing assignment. With the Common Core standards, it seems to have taken on a new urgency in many school districts and classrooms. But students should know that evidence-based persuasive writing is more than just an academic exercise — it is very much alive in the real world. Perhaps one of the best and most widely recognized examples of persuasive writing in action is the classic newspaper editorial, three to four of which The New York Times publishes every day.
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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 10, 4:20 AM

Students need to know that evidence-based persuasive writing is more than just an academic exercise — it is very much alive in the real world. Perhaps one of the best and most widely recognised examples of persuasive writing in action is the classic newspaper editorial.

UK Essays Team's curator insight, February 11, 12:59 PM

Useful essay writing tips here

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Playing with Stories: An Interview with Kevin Cordi

Playing with Stories: An Interview with Kevin Cordi | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Teacher, writing project co-director, and storyteller Kevin Cordi talks to us about the value of play in creating stories.
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The National Writing Project is a National Treasure.

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24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo

24 Quotes On Writing That Will Mentally Prepare You For NaNoWriMo | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This list of 24 quotes on writing will prepare you for NaNoWriMo and help you find the inner strength to write more and finish that novel in 30 days.
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I'm typing as fast as I can! 

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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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Cindy Rudy's curator insight, March 18, 8:41 PM

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

Syllabus - Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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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Save WritingFix until 2020!

Save WritingFix until 2020! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The Story

WritingFix is an educational website I started back in 1999 to help inspire teachers who needed creative ideas for writing lessons. I worked with many of the best Northern Nevada teachers I knew to help them craft really good writing lesson ideas--all based on favorite mentor texts--, and those teachers' lessons are all stored at WritingFix, where other teachers started to find and use them. We jumped from 2000 annual hits to over 1 million in less than five years, and that unexpected success required us to need our own virtual server that could handle that kind of online traffic.


At present, it costs about $1200.00 a year to keep the website on-line, and the site was fortunate to receive local sponsorship from our Northern Nevada Writing Project between 2004 and 2011, but that sponsorship has since disappeared because of federal cuts to the National Writing Project. My wife--Dena--and I have, since 2011, paid to keep the website online out of our own pockets. We have been happy to do so because teachers love the website's lessons. However...


This past year has been financially hard on us because of medical bills for Dena, and I don't think I can justify paying to keep the site online after this year. We're paid up until June 2015, but that's it. Over the years, we've had many users of the WritingFix website offer to donate funds to us to help affray the cost, but we never set up the ability to do that. We thought we'd try using this site after seeing an inspirational story on "Good Morning America."


We are asking for just enough for us to renew the our domain name, and for the price of the virtual server until 2020.

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If  you are a teacher who has used WritingFix you know it is an essential resource for teaching writing.  I know most teachers have to pinch the penny.  However this is a time to dig into your pocket and help Corbett and Dena Harrison keep this passion project alive until 2020!


I've helped!

Do it as a way of saying thanks for the 1000's of hours of teacher time that's been volunteered and captured on this wonderful website. 


~ Dennis ( Who started teaching with the traits and working with the Northern Nevada Writing Project BEFORE there was an Internet. 

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15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic)

15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
See the 15 most common writing mistakes made by students and find out how to reduce errors to an absolute minimum.

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Check your writing against this info-graphic!

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Transitional Words and Phrases: Little Words, Big Meaning

Transitional Words and Phrases: Little Words, Big Meaning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There is something to be said for emphasizing the kinds of words and phrases that may not deliver a whole lot of meaning on their own, but when used within a piece of writing, are meaning powerhouses.
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Word Choice!  

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The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust

The Hone Tuwhare Charitable Trust | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Hone Tuwhare is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s most accom­plished and trea­sured poets.

The Hone Tuwhare Char­i­ta­ble Trust was recently estab­lished to pur­chase and restore Hone Tuwhare’s crib, develop resources for schools and ini­ti­ate events through­out Aotearoa that cel­e­brate Hone and his con­tri­bu­tion to the Arts.
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Poetry is where you find it.  You've found a treasure from New Zealand.  All you have to do is click...

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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 |