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Write or Die by Dr Wicked | Putting the 'Prod' in Productivity

Write or Die by Dr Wicked | Putting the 'Prod' in Productivity | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Write or Die is a new kind of writing productivity application that forces you to write by providing consequences for distraction and procrastination.


As long as you keep typing, you're fine, but if you become distracted, punishment will ensue.

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This APP takes an interesting approach to defeating writer's block. 

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Angela Antle's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:45 AM

This APP takes an interesting approach to defeating writer's block. 

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Robert Fulghum, OFFICIAL Website, see NEW stories!

Robert Fulghum, OFFICIAL Website, see NEW stories! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Here on his OFFICIAL Web site, see the NEW EDITION with 25 new stories, available now in bookstores.
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Here's a direct link to Robert Fulghum's journal.  He's always been a quirky and insightful writer!

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WritingFix: Beginning a Kindergarten Writers Workshop

WritingFix: Beginning a Kindergarten Writers Workshop | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This unit was created by Jodie Black, who uses it during September with her kindergartners.

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The WritingFix comes through again1 

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Grammar Gamble - the online English grammar test

Grammar Gamble - the online English grammar test | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Play Grammar Gamble, the online English grammar quiz, and beat the scores of your friends.

Grammar Gamble is based on the popular classroom activity. Players choose the answer to a grammar question and 'bet' points depending on how confident they are. At the end of the game they can share their final scores on Facebook or Twitter.

 


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timsbox's curator insight, February 7, 2013 4:36 AM

Un quiz de grammaire sympa, avec des défis entre internautes et la possibilité de parier (virtuellement !) sur sa réponse

 

Pour l'instant, les sujets traités sont limités mais çà devrait se développer

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Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=EFL

 

 

madhura bhagwat's curator insight, August 30, 2013 4:30 AM

interesting....

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What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts?

What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Growing excitement around technology’s potential to transform the classroom has the education community chattering about laptops, tablets and smartphones. Continue reading →

Via Pippa Davies @PippaDavies
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It was word processing that pulled me into technology.  I recall many English teachers telling me that word processing was going to ruin writing. 


And so it goes....

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 4, 2013 6:13 PM

Kidblog and Collaborize Classroom are two tools that work for me in language arts and book clubs.  What works for you?

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Grammar Girl : Should Writers Keep a Journal? :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Grammar Girl : Should Writers Keep a Journal? :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™ | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Get Grammar Girl's take on how and when to use a writer’s journal. Learn about different styles of journaling, finding the right journal, and how much time to journal.
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Poetry and drama . . . and mice!

Poetry andDrama --and Mice!ELE 616 Readings and Research in Children‟s Literature Fall 2012
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Here's a resource rich slide show that will give you many weblinks to investigate.  Solid! 

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 1, 2013 5:11 PM

An interesting resource with lots of supporting links as well. 

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Routine Writing

Teaching & Assessing Common Writing with Six Traits (an Oklahoma Writing Project presentation)
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Understanding the relationship between 6-Trait and the common core standards is a necessary professional skill. Pay particular attention to the Common Core's 10 Anchor Standards for Writing.  You'll see the connections. 

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6-Traits Resources: Turning Criticisms to 'I" Comments

6-Traits Resources: Turning Criticisms to 'I" Comments | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

I am using Spandel's Creating Writers 6 Traits, Process, Workshop, and Literature 6th Edition in my upcoming online class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6th Traits.  This is a graduate course offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Part of our time is spent assessing sample papers and writing feedback. I'll use this chart to emphasize the need to convert criticism to "I" comments.

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I love teaching this class! 

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, December 31, 2012 6:18 PM

I like this idea....

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 1, 2013 5:12 PM

This is a great way to make students more critically constructive.

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The Daily Routines of Famous Writers

The Daily Routines of Famous Writers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper."

Kurt Vonnegut's recently publishe
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As an English teacher, and as a writer, I've studied the lives and the work of any famous writers.  Here's a snapshot view of how some of the greats approached their work.  Exerpts of interviews with Ray Bradbury, Joan Didion, E.B. White, Jack Kerouac, and many others make fascinating reading. 

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Does the Common Core Address Voice?

Does the Common Core Address Voice? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

What voice looks like in the Common Core


First of all, let’s be honest. You won’t find the word “voice” anywhere in the Common Core standards for writing or language. But that doesn’t mean the concept isn’t there. There are many words to describe voice: style, tonetechnique, and connection to the audience, among others. And each of these things is emphasized in the Common Core.

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By teaching voice you will be addressing Common Core Concerns.  The trick is articlating how you are hitting the attributes emphasised in the standards.  This article from the Six Traits Gurus will help you see how it all fits. 

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Teaching To Inspire In 5th: 6 Traits Writing and a Secret Code!

Teaching To Inspire In 5th: 6 Traits Writing and a Secret Code! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

 The CODE! I made this fancy banner from Vista Print and the kids just eat it up! They use this code in their writing to make sure they have included everything they need to get a 5 or 6 on our state assessment. I introduce this code 2 months before the writing assessment. This way the students have learned all of the elements and are not overwhelmed. They write the code on their writing paper like this: 1 5 5 2 2 1 R but vertically. As they include the different elements, they check off the number of the code. I love seeing it on their paper and I love hearing them say, “You can’t be finished. Did you put the code in your paper?” J Can you tell I love to teach writing?

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I love teacher blogs that share the working ideas that make their classes great places to learn.  Check out this clever entry, with bulletin board photos that will help your kids understand the traits!

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Upcoming 6+1® Trait Writing Institutes Prepare Teachers and Students for Common Core | Education Northwest

Upcoming 6+1® Trait Writing Institutes Prepare Teachers and Students for Common Core | Education Northwest | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Introductory institutes on Education Northwest’s world-renowned 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment are coming soon to our hea...
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For those who can't get away to these trainings, Consider my online graduate course offered by the University of Wisconsin Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits.  http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/traits.cfm

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Student Reporting Labs Curriculum | PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

Student Reporting Labs Curriculum | PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs supports teachers and young people to report on important issues in their community, creating impactful video reports for the national NewsHour Extra audience. Along with technical instruction on the use of cameras and editing equipment, this program also includes a meaningful focus on understanding the role of journalism in society and developing broader communication skills, including listening, asking questions, public speaking, and finding, analyzing and evaluating the quality of information.  

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This curriculum hits the common core writing standards squarely in the heart of the matter:  critical thinking and writing. 

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, January 6, 2013 7:10 PM

...and the 21st century skill of communication as well.

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A Fresh Start (In the Middle)

A Fresh Start (In the Middle) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
One of the things I love about teaching is the opportunity for a fresh start. No matter how the day goes, we get to start over the next morning.


Sometimes a fresh start is just what writing workshop needs. Now is a good time to evaluate how things are going…and perhaps start fresh. Here is a little procedure check list I made to help you think through the procedures and routines of your writing workshop.

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Ideas for your writer's workshop.

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6 Traits Resources

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I highly recommend reading Ruth Culham's book: 6+1 Traits of Writing to enhance your teaching of writing to elementary age students.  The following links are examples of student work taken from her...
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Includes links to anchor papers

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The Snapshot Writing Tool: Help Students Create Visual Imagery Within Their Writing

The Snapshot Writing Tool: Help Students Create Visual Imagery Within Their Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

From Kevin's fabulous Edgalaxy Blog:

The Snapshot Writing Tool is designed to put students in a specific moment in time using a visual prompt such as a photo or video and then write about what you see? What you hear? What you smell? What you taste? and what you feel? Drawing upon all 5 senses.

The snapshot writing tool will really encourage your students create visual imagery within their writing, and they have a great deal of fun putting themselves in the perspective of the picture.

Students can either use a photo of their own anlongside the tool or alternately you can access my collection of 150 Amazing writing prompts here.


Via Andrea Zeitz, kathyvsr, BookChook, Jim Lerman
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I'm always interested in a good prompt!

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Sarah Gordon-Church's curator insight, October 1, 2013 3:22 AM

This is a FANTASTIC way to overcome the hesitant, fearful writer, the emerging writer, and the advanced writer all in one scoop! :) I have used this with success EVERY YEAR! The kids love it, it's relatable and produces some amazing alternatives to the boring form writing. This makes writing come alive for so many of my students! It boosts confidence and changes "Ugh, do we hafta write?" to "OOOOO! Can we do some more snapshot writing today!?!PLEASE!" 

Daiga Kalnina's curator insight, October 2, 2013 2:39 AM

Forša ideja!

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6-Traits Resources: 6-Traits and the Common Core

6-Traits Resources: 6-Traits and the Common Core | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Clearly students who are taught to assess their own writing using the 6-traits approach will be be doing the kind of thinking, reading and writing promoted by the Common Core Writing Standards.
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Michael, the Student Who Inspire Me to Quit Teaching

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Here's a fine story from the teaching trenches. See how one teacher accidently got out of the way long enough for a troubled student to write himself into a new understanding of self.

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TeachersFirst - Writer's Workshop - Grade 3

TeachersFirst - Writer's Workshop - Grade 3 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Introduction - Mini-Lesson - Class Status - Write and Confer - Sharing
More Writing Ideas - Web Resources - References


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Not sure how to structure writer's workshop for a primary classroom?  Look here for common sense advice. 

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Michael Lewis’ perspectives on the writing process

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It is by no means an anomaly that two of the best authorities on the writing process, Michael Lewis and Stephen King, are themselves prolific authors of countless bestsellers. The paperbound editio...
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ANNOUNCING THE 2012 POETRY NERDIES

ANNOUNCING THE 2012 POETRY NERDIES | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Light Verse, Incredibly Diverse, Apologies, Honey Bees, Contemplation, Rumination. Best six: Classics * ~~ * ~~ * ~~ * ~~ * ~~ * ~~ * LIGHT VERSE I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky illustr...
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Poetry is a wonderful way to teach children to play with words.  


They are all poets if you get to them in time!

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Common Core Writing Rubrics Grades 9-10

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Rubrics help us understand the vocabulary and the expectations of both writing and common core standards.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 1, 2013 5:14 PM

It is always worth looking at rubrics for other standards, it helps me to reassess what I am asking students to be able to demonstrate.

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The T-Factor

The T-Factor | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Valuable as they are, the Standards cannot compensate for our lack of one thing: the biggest factor of them all—time. It is impossible to teach writing well without enough time. Time for students t...
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Time is always the issue.  As a classroom teacher every lesson addressed multiple standards and objectives.  Teaching writing was also teaching reading, grammar, research, and critical thinking.  

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6 Trait Writing

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6 trait writing ties in seamlessly to the Common Core standards. You can improve literacy outcomes by teaching writing strategies with the six traits.
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Soldid resources and ideas for primary teachers working 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 |