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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...

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MFaculty's curator insight, December 24, 2013 11:02 PM

I just 'test drove' this online application - it was very fast and accurately caught my spelling errors. As a basic tool for students, I think it is, or will be, one that they can use before they turn to the writing tutors. I don't advocate trying to replace professional writing tutors with this (or any other) online tool, but it would certainly reduce the number of common errors made in student writings.

 

Since it is a free service, I would recommend educators consider giving it a test drive in their writing courses to determine whether or not any value is added in doing so. While there are plenty of word processing tools avialble for students to use in order to hone in on their writing, this one is free and seems to adequately, and quickly, perform the basics.

 

Not really an endorsement, as much as a recommendation for other to consider testing for themselves.

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Many studies have addressed the issue of identifying the different dimensions of culture. In the presentations concerning culture by Madlin Reck and Anne Tornow the ways in which national culture may influence management processes, including Hofstede’s dimensions of culture have been discussed extensively (Luthans & Doh, 2012).

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Afghanistan and the Taliban: Before, After and Now

The Kite Runner was set in the years 1975-2001. Everything during these years went from being peaceful, to bad, to even worse. The Taliban during these fateful years have taken control of Afghanistan and its government. They were thought of as heroes to the people of their once peaceful country, but their way of controlling their government is sadistic. In the present, they are even involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

During 1975, Afghanistan was a quiet place to live. There were economic hardships, but the residents of this pleasant country got through it. Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan. It had the most economy problems in the country. Most of them were poverty difficulties. The president of this country at the time was Daoud Khan. Then, when winter came along, resistance towards communists began. Amir from The Kite Runner even knew of these communist attempts to rule his country. “Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.” (Hosseini 36). The Afghan Islamist part of the resistance was favored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States instead of the Afghan traditionalist and royalist parts. The uprising has just begun for the communist takeover in Afghanistan.

In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Even Amir from The Kite Runner even knew about this before it all happened. “And then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew”(Hosseini 36) The Taliban during this time were thought of as refugees and were part of a resistance movement to expel the Russian troops from their country. The United States and Pakistan provided financial and military support so the Afghans could win against the Soviet soldiers. Despite the fact that there were civilians in Kabul, the Afghans did not care and used missiles, provided by the United States, to drop on the city resulting in civilian casualties and killed Soviet troops. In 1989, Ahmed Shah Massoud, took over Kabul as new leader. They ended up overthrowing President Sayid Mohammed Najibullah, who headed the Afghan government. In 1994, the Taliban were more powerful because Pakistan favored them and did everything in their power to support them. “Pakistan support for the Taliban is based on strong religious and ethnic bonds between the Taliban and Pakistan” (Amghar, Web 6). The militants of the Taliban are Sunni Muslim Pashtuns. They are thirteen percent of Pakistan’s population. They are basically most of the Taliban in general.

In 1996, Osama Bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan and met with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s leader. “Bin Laden was involved in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998” (Amghar, Web 6). On September 11th, 2001, Bin laden prompted the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This resulted in the United States asking the Taliban to immediately hand over Bin Laden. General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan, told the U.S. that he would support the capturing of Bin Laden. Instead, they couldn’t take down Bin Laden and Al Qaeda because of the ethnic and religious ties with the Taliban. Basically, Pakistan let the Taliban do what like to the people in there cites by robbing them and raping women. “The Taliban were exceedingly ignorant, which made them cruel” (Arbabzadah, Web 1). The Taliban used to be heroes to the people of the country, but now they are just plain evil. In The Kite Runner, Amir’s friend Farid said the Taliban would look for any excuse for violence. Amir bought a fake beard because it is considered a sin to shave and that all men should have beards. He saw Kabul during this time and was unfamiliar with it as it is not how it used to be when he was a kid. Afghanistan is just plagued by the Taliban with no hope for escape.

 

 In conclusion, the Taliban before, after, and now are a deadly force to reckon with. I have to say that religion has a strong connection with them as they think of most things as sins. Amir from The Kite Runner depicts Afghanistan as a peaceful state. Now, he thinks of it as a wasteland that is ruled by a stubborn government with a false sense of religion. In my opinion, as much as I hate the Taliban, they must be removed from Afghanistan and Pakistan because they can cause a lot of trouble for those countries and can stir up many civil wars within those countries.

 

 

Works Cited

Amghar, Adderrahim. "Home." The Resurgence of the Taliban in Pakistan. Nazareth College, 2014. Web. 01 May 2014.

Arbabzadah, Nushin. "The 1980s Mujahideen, the Taliban and the Shifting Idea of Jihad." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 01 May 2014.

Bai, Laxmi. "Security Research Review." : Volume 1(3) Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Afghanistan. Bharat-Rakshak, 2005. Web. 01 May 2014.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003.

 

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6-Traits Resources: Online Class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

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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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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.

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Corbett Harrison: An Online 6-Traits Writing Class We Recommend!

Corbett Harrison: An Online 6-Traits  Writing Class We Recommend! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Looking for a summer learning experience that improves your skills as a writing teacher?  I recommend the following online course, which friend of WritingFix and Always Write--Dennis O'Connor--has helped coordinate this class for many years.  You simply can't maintain a functioning workshop environment for writing if students don't own the vocabulary of writing instruction, and the 6 Traits have been the academic language of choice we've used in my classroom for years!

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Many thanks to Corbett Harrison, creator of the great WritingFix website for recommending our class Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits.

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Always Write: Name Games for the Writer's Notebook

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"This page contains two writer's notebook challenges based on creating interesting character names. My students certainly use very different writing techniques than I do, and what excites them to produce writing is often quite different from what excites me to write. There is nothing wrong with this, and just as I occasionally force them to try a technique that works for me in their writer's notebook, I also begrudgingly try out techniques in my own notebook that they claim work for them. It's the "give and take" that must be present in a true writer's workshop environment, and it's why scripted writing programs (I'm talking to you "Step Up to Writing" and Jane Shaffer) often squelch our students instead of inspiring them to write."

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Classroom gold from Corbett Harrison.

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

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Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
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Reflective practice at its best!
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Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.
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Establishing a Writing Community in the College Classroom

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Fast forward a decade or so… many of these same students now view writing as a chore rather than something to celebrate. As the years progressed, writing became harder, and they started viewing it with dread as they struggled with increasingly difficult tasks. As freshmen in college, they are required to take my developmental writing class; they have not elected to take it. When the course begins, many of my students view themselves as bad writers, and most admit that they don’t like writing.
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As a middle school writing teacher I understood how essential community is to the writing process. As an online teacher, I know that community remains at the core of things.

 

This concise article is a lifeline for those teaching writing at the college level. It is tuned to the needs of Freshman English teachers (both virtual and face to face).

 

Our online course: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits provides a rock solid foundation for developing a writing community for any grade level. I've see college professors, middle school,  and highschool teachers learning together.  It gives everyone a sense that we are in this together!

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How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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 The How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic outlines eight key takeaways from Starr Sackstein’s Hacking Assessment book.
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Sounds like an idea writing workshop / 6-Traits classroom to me! (I ran my middle school classroom without traditional grading for 6 months.  It worked very well.  The kids were happy and productive. 


I wish I could say the same for parents and administration. .. 8-) 

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Prestigious Milken Award Goes to Writing Project Teacher-Consultant - National Writing Project

Prestigious Milken Award Goes to Writing Project Teacher-Consultant - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Type: In the News Lauren Jensen, who attended summer institutes at the Long Island and Northern Virginia Writing Projects, was named this year's Milken Educator Award recipient for New York.

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Congratulations Lauren Jensen!  A Milken Award changed my life back in 1995.  May many doors open for you and your students!


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Rubrics: You know they are worth the effort!

Rubrics: You know they are worth the effort! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
English teachers know a few things about managing the paper load. But managing isn’t leading. We should do more than manage the load; we should lead our students through the writing process (invention, drafting, and revising) to help them become independent thinkers who can effectively present their ideas to an audience.

Rubrics offer an effective way to guide thinking and learning in any writing-intensive course.
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This article will help shift your point of view a bit as you think about how you work with rubrics.  (Take a look!)

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Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016

Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Welcome to the THIRD annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer.

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Treasure trove time!

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The third annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer... one to keep

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Bookmark these best-of-the-best blogs. There are some amazing posts that can give your writing a boost for 2016.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/

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6-Traits Online: Register Today: Build a Dynamic Writing Program this Year

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Register Now: UW-Stout Online Courses StartSpring: February 1 - March 25, 2016

EDUC 653 Middle School through Adult 6-Traits Writing Instruction
EDUC 654 PK Through Elementary 6-Traits Writing Instruction
Do you want to engage your students and build a great writing program before the end of the school year? This class provides a plethora of practical methods and inspirational ideas. 
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This is the FINAL CALL for a great online course where teachers from around the world share and discuss writing workshop and writing assessment methods.  

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Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers

Always Write: Take What You Need Posters -- for Communities of Writers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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This community of writers page from Corbett Harrison has great ideas and charts.  Check it out!

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How to Write Fast and Well, Part 6: The Case of the Murdered Modifiers

How to Write Fast and Well, Part 6: The Case of the Murdered Modifiers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Eliminate the bad writing, and what's left will be good (or at least better).

One of the best ways to do that is also one of the simplest: cut out the adjectives and adverbs. Instead, choose the right nouns and verbs.
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This kind of editing works. 

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Narrative Nonfiction: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series

Narrative Nonfiction: Diving Into Information Writing Blog Series | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Stretch your students' knowledge of information writing by trying a unit of narrative nonfiction.
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Narrative Non-Fiction - a genre any writing teacher can use!

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Rolling Out the Trait Language to Students

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Learn how to lay the foundation for a year of writing instruction as Kristina Smekens unveils a systematic approach for using icons and physical “triggers” to introduce students to the Six Traits of Writing.
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Kristina Smekens is a dynamic teacher / presenter and this lively video will give you a quick and compelling overview of how to introduce the essential vocabulary of the 6-Traits in your classroom..

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Christopher Meeks: POETIC SENSE: Sound and Imagery

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Christopher Meeks

Some years ago when I first started to teach a fiction class called “Essential Beginnings” at UCLA Extension, I had to consider what I should offer new writers. In the context of a three-hour class, what things might I guide people toward that they may not otherwise discover immediately on their own? Poetry. I use it now, too, in my fiction class at Santa Monica College.

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Zeugma? Is this a literary device you know? Be sure to see Christopher Meeks's superb list of sound and imagery devices.

 

Christopher Meeks is a writer who also teaches writing. His techniques for adult writers also work in the classroom with young writers. I've enjoyed his work for years. 

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Technically a Librarian: Make Writing

Technically a Librarian: Make Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
While at one of our ELA planning meetings, we were discussing the lack of enthusiasm kids have for writer's workshop. What was once a time for kids to express themselves creatively, was now a time that kids dreaded. How sad? I loved Writer's Workshop as a kid. We had to fix this. They had tried creative prompts, incorporating movies and music, but they were still "bleh".

As we were brainstorming, an 8th grade English teacher brought up the book "Make Writing" by Angela Stockman. Oddly enough, I had just finished reading my advanced readers copy since I'm a member of the Hack Learning VIP program. All of a sudden we both were sitting at the edge of our seats ready to do it!
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Here's a great set of ideas for your writing workshop.

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I love these ideas.  This is something I'd start next Monday!

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What do you get when you cross a makerspace and creative writing class? #tlchat
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Corbett Harrison: Always Write - Materials & Resources

Corbett Harrison: Always Write - Materials & Resources | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Learning to write should be an adventure of thought, not a boring tour through Five-Paragraph-Essay Land. Always Write
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This is a link to Corbett Harrison's TeachersPayTeachers site. Corbett's materials are classroom gold. For a modest fee you can buy great content for your classroom and support his great websites: Writingfix.com

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Unexpected Benefits of Grading Effort and Habit 

Unexpected Benefits of Grading Effort and Habit  | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The “Contract for B,” first proposed by Peter Elbow, encourages students to experiment with their college writing in new and novel ways.
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Connecting the 6-Traits Assessment strategies with traditonal letter grades is always a puzzler. Here's insight that might spark your thinking.

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Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

Podcast: Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Join us in a conversation with Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer, authors of Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay. These authors claim, “If we want our students to be more engaged, skilled writers, we need to move beyond the five-paragraph essay.” Tune in to hear us talk about why and how middle school and high school teachers can do just that.
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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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There's a world of writing beyond the 5 paragraph essay. Kick your old habits in the head while listening to this engaging podcast.

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Where is the Dialogue?

Where is the Dialogue? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Adding dialogue to a piece can a be a great means of adding voice and detail, but I've found it doesn't necessarily come naturally for third-graders. They needed a nudge and some guided direction.

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Here's a nudge from the "Two Writing Teachers".  Terrific ideas.

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Strike a Pose: Active Learning and Text Engagements with Tableaux!

Strike a Pose:  Active Learning and Text Engagements with Tableaux! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a way for students to engage with a work of fiction or to think more deeply about a piece of informational text?  Do you want to interject some energy into your world of learning and that of your students?  Would you like to incorporate kinesthetic learning into your classroom? 
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I say yes to every question in the lead.  What do you say?

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I say yes to every question in the lead.  What do you say?

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6-Traits Resources: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections?

6-Traits Resources: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Here's some hard won advice to English teachers everywhere.

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e-jobs: Online Adjunct Creative Writing Instructors

e-jobs: Online Adjunct Creative Writing Instructors | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We are seeking instructors to teach the following courses:

Screenwriting Fundamentals
Poetry Fundamentals
Fiction Fundamentals
Nonfiction Fundamentals

Qualifications
Minimum qualifications:
· MFA degree in Creative Writing
· Prior college level teaching preferred
· Publications or productions within genre
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Teaching writing online is a joy.  I started teaching writing process and six traits online nearly 15 years ago. The class is still online at UW-Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits.  


Online teaching is a good job for a writer.  Think about it?

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Writing and online teaching go hand in hand.  This is one way to make a living writing that will sustain you as you work on your craft.

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Stratford Man Looks For Ways To Heal By Writing — And Running

Stratford Man Looks For Ways To Heal By Writing — And Running | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
STRATFORD, Conn. — Bryan Ripley Crandall had a lot on his mind as he ran the Vicki Soto 5K in Stratford earlier this month. Crandall, director of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University, ran in honor of slain Newtown teac...
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We all have reasons to run and write!

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Allowing Student Choice within Information Writing: Diving into Information Writing

Allowing Student Choice within Information Writing: Diving into Information Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
How do you encourage students when beginning the writing process for information writing? Give them choices!
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Informational writing and the common core are what it is all about these days!

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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 |