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Great Source - Write Traits® Classroom Kits

Great Source - Write Traits® Classroom Kits | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Complete, ready-to-use 6-trait lessons, models, and rubrics.


Author(s): Vicki Spandel and Jeff Hicks
Grade Level: K-8


Write Traits® Classroom Kits provide everything a teacher needs to help students learn, understand, and apply the six traits* of effective writing:

  • Idea Development
  • Organization
  • Voice
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Fluency
  • Conventions

Each unit includes trait-specific lessons, age-appropriate student and professional models, and detailed assessment rubrics that provide teachers and students with a clear process and common language for discussing and evaluating writing. Interactive and hands-on, Write Traits® Classroom Kits empower students with the guidelines they need to recognize the elements of good writing and incorporate these traits into their own writing and revising process.



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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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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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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. 
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Corbett Harrison Always Write: Writing Lessons for Writing Teachers

Corbett Harrison Always Write: Writing Lessons for Writing Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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Here's a LAST chance to download free materials from Corbett Harrison's presentations on:

 

  • Writer's notebooks, mentor texts, and lesson design for K-6 
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (no plagiarism!) & Vocabulary strategies for 5-12
  • Writing Across the Curriculum (no plagiarism!) & Vocabulary strategies for 5-1
  • Love the Language, Writer's Notebooks, and Sentence Structures
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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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Always Write: Transitioning through a Machine: Teaching Transitional Phrases and Revision after Inventing a Machine in a Writer's Notebook

Always Write: Transitioning through a Machine: Teaching Transitional Phrases and Revision after Inventing a Machine in a Writer's Notebook | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett Harrison:

 

Revision is a key in teaching writing well. Not only do we need to help students understand the revision step of the writing process, but we must also go back and revise our old lessons to make them fresher and smarter and better. I've learned so much more about student writers since originally posting the lesson at WritingFix, and I am thrilled to be presenting my latest version of this lesson, which I still use every year. It's one of my students' favorite lessons, and--more importantly--it's one of my favorite lessons.

 

I meet too many teachers who can't tell me what their favorite writing lesson is, and to me, a teacher without a favorite writing lesson is incapable of making writing an enjoyable experience in the classroom. If you're a teacher without a favorite lesson, try this one out early on next school year. Believe me, it works. And it teaches students important skills that I guarantee are in your state's standards.

 

Additionally, this lesson helps students see the value of a writer's notebook as a tool for beginning small ideas that are worth exploring.

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This is a lesson I'd try in a heartbeat.  Thanks for re-polishing this gem Corbett!

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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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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

Excerpt from Article:
"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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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

Join the Writing Lesson of the Month Network | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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

Troy Hicks: Thinking Through a Digital Deliberation: Handwriting and Typing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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

Back to School with Great Materials from Corbett Harrison | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Back to School with Great Materials from Corbett Harrison

 

 
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A Guide to Producing Better Student Writers and Editors With Dictation Tools (EdSurge News)

A Guide to Producing Better Student Writers and Editors With Dictation Tools (EdSurge News) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

“Ok, I’m ready to print,” said Jack, a happy-go-lucky third grader.Glancing at him skeptically, I replied, “What? You typed the whole thing?”“I didn’t type… I used my voice.” Jack said.Sure enough, when I looked at his screen, Jack’s writing task was completed, a feat that would have been impossible.."

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The road to literacy is where you find it.  Dictation tools can help learners of all ages develop their writing skills.

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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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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The trick to being a good reader, no matter the medium, is being an engaged reader, a fact that Pennington notes is well-supported by research. “It’s pretty clear that good readers are active readers engaged with the text,” he said.
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Engagement is the key....

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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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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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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 |