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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 |
 
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WritingFix: Genres...Narrative & Memoir

WritingFix: Genres...Narrative & Memoir | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

How did this page of resources come about? The 2009-2010 school year was our Year of Narrative Writing at WritingFix and in Northern Nevada. We hosted inservice workshops for 100 lucky teacher teachers, where we gave away, read, and discussed Ralph Fletcher's How to Write Your Life Story as well as his Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. We sponsored the creation of new narrative resources, especially for grades 3-5, since our Nevada fifth graders are tested using a narrative writing prompt. Those resources ultimately became a new print guide for all Northern Nevada teachers in March of 2011. Below, you can find out how you can obtain your own copy of our "Show Me Your Story" Print Guide.

 

On this free-to-access page of resources, you will find the best-of-the-best narrative resources that were created as part of our Year of Narrative Writing.

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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

Fall Course is now open for registration!


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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Use Word Clouds in eLearning or face to face in your writing classroom.

Use Word Clouds in eLearning or face to face in your writing classroom. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Encourage learners to use word clouds to revise and edit their assignments.
Ask learners to read over the essays or assignments they just created and pick and choose keywords. Then, encourage them to create a word cloud with these words, so that they can determine if their work is on-topic and relevant, or if it needs to be revised and edited further
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10 suggestions that will appeal to any writing teacher. Written for online teachers, this article fits any class setting; online, blended, or traditional. 

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Visualizing the Plan: Drawing Lessons

Visualizing the Plan: Drawing Lessons | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Sometimes when students visualize an elaborate plan it is frustrating when that doesn’t just happen on the page. Here are some tips to get students closer to their vision.
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Drawing can be a helpful way to generate ideas, - at any age.

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Why a good book is a secret door

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Childhood is surreal. Why shouldn't children's books be? In this whimsical talk, award-winning author Mac Barnett speaks about writing that escapes the page, art as a doorway to wonder — and what real kids say to a fictional whale.
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Alan November: Web-Literacy-where-the-common-core-meets-common-sense

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Alan November provides perspective...


I've always found that good teaching will meet multiple standards. The time it takes to align and document the process is what got me down. Sometimes it takes an outside perspective to help you see the inter-connections between standards that allow you to check off multiple standards in a single lesson.  

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"How To Do Research" Game

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"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...

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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 24, 12:37 PM

A Game for the children :)

Lotte Schacht's curator insight, September 14, 7:09 AM

Great stuff.

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ajouter votre point de vue ...

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Always Write: Sacred Writing Time

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Corbett Harrison:  One of my core classroom beliefs: Students will write every day...in my classroom, we call it "Sacred Writing Time"

It's ten simple minutes out of our daily schedule, but it's become one of the most important things we do in my classroom. We write...every single day...about anything we want. Ten minutes of freedom with our pencils and our imaginations or our dogmatic, pondering brains. There are no exceptions to this ten-minute time allotment. When my students walk in, those who keep their writer's notebooks in my classroom bin pull out those notebooks, locate their sacred writing partners, and sit side-by-side with them. Those students who take their notebooks home with them every day pull their notebooks out of their binders or backpacks, and they find their SWT partners. As soon as class begins, we have ten minutes of silence, and I monitor, making sure everyone's pencil is dancing.

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Do your students write everyday?  Like Corbett, I had a 10 minute 'free write' built into every block during my middle school teaching years at Lake Tahoe.  When I read Corbett's assessment I was back in my classroom again.  


"I assess how well my students have learned to value their ten minutes of "free writing" every day in the following way: if you're doing it right, this is what will happen, not every day, but certainly every week:

  1. Students will audibly groan when the ten-minute timer goes off and ask if they can have extra time to finish up their thinking.
  2. When the timer goes off, students will beg, "Can we share today? PLEASE!"
  3. You will hear a student (in the hallway or during a class discussion) excitedly say, "Oh, I am writing about that the next time I have to do sacred writing."


Fine work going on in Northern Nevada! 

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Hack your notebook: National Writing Project Digital Island

Hack your notebook: National Writing Project Digital Island | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Posted by Jillian VanRiper


I started Hack Your Notebook day begrudgingly, wondering why we were allotting an entire day to decorating our notebooks when we had so much more work to do.  What was I really going to learn from this activity?  I looked at the piles of paper and beads and scissors and glue, and gave an inward sigh because it appeared as though we were going to spend time putting cool pictures on our notebook covers.  Which is fun...truly.  I love crafts; and spending time crafting seems like an indulgence when facing my multitude of career and family obligations.  Obligations, for instance, like the portfolio pieces for RCWP that were calling my name, wondering when I would be devoting time to them.  I’d been neglecting them more than I should.  


So when Dawn announced that we would be hacking our notebooks today, I entered the activity intending to finish quickly and move onto something that would be more productive for me, as a teacher of writing.


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Looks like a brilliant beginning of the year writer's workshop project.

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To Kill a Mockingbird – now available for the first time in eBook format | OverDrive Blogs

To Kill a Mockingbird – now available for the first time in eBook format | OverDrive Blogs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

You may have seen the recent big news that Harper Lee has finally agreed to allow an eBook version of To Kill a Mockingbird to be released for the very first time. We’re happy to announce that the title is ready for sale in OverDrive Marketplace now, though its release date is not until July. You can add it to your school or public library catalog immediately, and accept holds that will be filled when the eBook is published.


To order this classic title and see some other very big authors and titles newly available in eBook format, check out this cart: Starring Harper Lee: Best of the Backlist. You’ll find bestselling titles from authors like Arthur Hailey, James Michener, Isabel Allende and more—newly available in eBook format for libraries and schools. Enjoy!

Cindy Orr is a Collection Development Analyst at OverDrive.


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Classic in a new format!

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A classic in a new format.

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Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago

Referencing and Citation Style Guides: MLA. APA. CSE. Chicago | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Those are the four main styles used when writing professionally or academically. Students will need to use one of these standard styles, so it?s important
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Well researched article on a complex topic.  Think of this as a jumping off point for resources on the major citation styles used in research.  

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Yes - our high school students will need to learn these before they get to college... 

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Feature: Reading Quickly and Efficiently Online | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community

Feature: Reading Quickly and Efficiently Online | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

“…reading is an appallingly mechanical process. You look at a word or several words. This is called a “fixation,” and it takes about .25 seconds on average. You move your eye to the next word or group of words. This is called a “saccade,” and it takes up to about .1 seconds on average. After this is repeated once or twice, you pause to comprehend the phrase you just looked at. That takes roughly 0.3 to 0.5 seconds on average. Add all these fixations and saccades and comprehension pauses together and you end up with about 95 percent of all college-level readers reading between 200 and 400 words per minute…”

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Speed reading technology on your phone or computer.

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6 Things for Children to Understand About Writing and 4 Ways to Help Them Get Started

6 Things for Children to Understand About Writing and 4 Ways to Help Them Get Started | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We understand that if kids don’t read and write over the summer, their reading and writing muscles grow slack. They lose some of their imaginative muscle. Just like a coach sees the difference in her players if they spent the summer lounging instead of being active, I certainly see a literary sluggishness in my students if they return to school in the fall without picking up a book or writing in their journals with true engagement.
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The Best Creative Writing Prompts from the Internet

The Best Creative Writing Prompts from the Internet | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Today, I am turning my blog over to Nikolas Baron of Grammarly with a post that should appeal to writers. Whether you've hit a dry spell or are just looking to flex your creative muscle, I think yo...

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Teach them to write without prompts (but have a few good ones in your back pocket for those that need them).

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, May 24, 8:50 AM

Enough prompts for anyone, anywhere!

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The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Tools for Teachers (Just waiting for your traits based approach!)

The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Tools for Teachers (Just waiting for your traits based approach!) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Word clouds are fun ways to get students thinking creatively about any topic. The problem is that it’s sometimes difficult to find the one that best meets your needs. Lucky for you, we’ve taken the dirty work out of it and compiled The 5 Best Free Word Cloud Creation Educational Tools for Teachers! Utilize these free educational technology tools to get your students’ minds immersed in any new topic.
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Brainstorm, revise, word choice, organize... all in a playful environment.   Engagement with the writing process is a sweet thing.

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17 Excellent Writing Guides for Academics and Student Researchers

17 Excellent Writing Guides for Academics and Student Researchers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
October 10, 2014
This post is born out of a writing assignment for my PhD course 'Focused Educational Studies". The assignment was a reflective piece on chapter 4 of Jesson et al.'s book " Doing A...

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Mindmeister: Taking Idea Generation into the 21st Century

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Resources, ideas and examples supplied by a new friend from South Africa, Peter Stewart. 

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The writing process begins with idea generation.  Kids won't ask "What do I write about" if you teach them how to brainstorm writing topics. Digitize the process with with mind mapping software to capture the first burst of Ideas and then expand,, web, map, link, organize, share, collaborate, revise.... it's a long sweet list of activities that will engage your students in the process of thinking and writing. 


The tough part  for many teachers (not a big barrier for kids) is to master the software to the point where you can use it as easily as paper and pencil. (By then the realization that mind mapping is so much more than that first burst of ideas has firmly taken hold). 


Consider it... and persist to the point where the revelations begin to flow! 

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Research: Weaving Contexts of Participation Online: The Digital Tapestry of Secondary English Teachers

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Luke Rodesiler
University of South Florida

Abstract

This article presents research from a qualitative study exploring five secondary English teachers’ professionally oriented participation online. Drawing upon Cole’s (1996) “surround” and “weaving” views of context, the specific line of research featured here was guided by the following question: What are the features of the online contexts that selected secondary English teachers weave in exploration of teaching, learning, and literacy? The author collected archived online artifacts (e.g., blog posts, microblog posts, and posts within social network sites) and employed an ethnographic content analysis. Findings revealed five notable contextual features that emerged across cases: multimodal affordances and a/synchronous flexibility, as seen from a surround view, and classroom teaching experiences, connections among teachers online, and a touch of levity, as seen from a weaving view. While providing directions for future research, these findings stand to support more nuanced understandings of the teacher-generated online environments to which many educators are turning in an effort to supplement their professional growth. 


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Here's an academic researcher's view of the professional learning networks created by secondary English teachers. 

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How News Curation Can Help Kids Learn How To Search, Evaluate and Publish Information

How News Curation Can Help Kids Learn How To Search, Evaluate and Publish Information | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Curation is an activity that  requires critical reading and writing skills. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 21, 2012 10:14 PM

Guided curation for kids is a great way to teach information fluency skills. 

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A good way to build this 21st century skill.

Jennifer Futrell's curator insight, September 13, 6:28 PM

A great idea

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How Do You Teach Crucial English Language Arts Topics

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When your students watch these videos, they’ll learn:

  • the basics of plagiarism prevention

  • the importance of how and why to create a citation

  • paraphrasing and how to do it

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Short videos from Easy Bib.  Sign up to get access to all videos for classroom use. 

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Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing

Natalie Goldberg: “I Don’t Believe in Writer’s Block” | Talking Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Some people embrace Natalie Goldberg’s Zen approach to writing; others resist it. But in all cases, she urges writers to dive deep. Author of the bestselling guides Writing Down the Bones (1986) and Wild Mind (1990), Goldberg peppers her conversation with Buddhist references like “sitting with my own mind.”

She speaks of the need to observe your “passing thoughts” in order to get to wild mind: the place within yourself that’s devoid of self-censorship.

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I discovered Natalie Goldberg when I was teaching middle school writer's workshop (back before the turn of the century).


Her mindful methods worked then. They will work now if they fit your vision of teaching writing. 


Think about it.

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.
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Amy Conley's timely and insightful article reminds me of the passion and dedication I've seen working online with writing teachers for over a decade. 


Writing teachers understand the soul.


Feel good about it!

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12 Vocabulary Apps for Kids : With Common Core Alignment!

12 Vocabulary Apps for Kids : With Common Core Alignment! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
FREE & fabulous - World’s Worst Pet-Vocabulary, an educational app for kids in grades 4 – 8. Snargg, a cute blue pet needs kids to use their vocabulary skills to get him out of trouble. The app...
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The author of this article put in the time to align the apps to CC standards.

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Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga

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http://www.thebookchook.com/2014/03/poetry-with-kids-presenting-haiga.html


This is the fourth in a recent series of articles at The Book Chook about poetry and children. The first was Poetry with Kids - Ideas and Resources, the second was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiku, and the third was Poetry with Kids - Creating Haiga. This week, the final in this series is Poetry with Kids - Presenting Haiga.


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BookChook's curator insight, March 6, 11:28 PM

Some ideas on presenting haiga after children have created them (by adding haiku to images.) Also links to other articles about creating poetry with kids. 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 8:13 AM

Some great ideas on how to connect pictures with Haiku and then how to present.

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How to Teach Writing - Ideas and Resources

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Here's a complete creative writing syllabus with writing lesson plans, activities, and exercises for the teaching of fiction writing. You can use any of the lessons individually, teach them together as a course, or combine them with a workshop format if your students are at an age and level where they can handle group critiques. (You're welcome to print anything from this website to distribute in the classroom, but please don't republish these materials online or offline without permission).
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Lecture on Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics

Lecture on Teaching Poetry Through Rap Music and Lyrics | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This is a free downloadable lesson plan on teaching poetry and literary elements using rap music. I volunteer to present this lecture at least once a year.

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