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Feeling terrified of the common core standards for writing?

Feeling terrified of the common core standards for writing? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

OK--maybe "terrified" isn't quite the word. How about nervous? Apprehensive? Uncertain? Stop right there. After all, you teach writing well, don't you? Maybe brilliantly! 

 

What’s really embedded in those standards?
Something that has been overlooked amidst all the hoopla of the past several years is that the standards are not all that demanding. Really? Yes, really. They’re basically common sense expectations about writing that in fact have been around for years.

 

Important Link . . .
Current research supports what most of us have long believed: that writing directly improves reading skills. In other words, one of the best ways to teach reading is through direct instruction in writing. To learn more, check out Marshall Memo 417, January 3, 2012:

http://www.marshallmemo.com

 

Look for an article titled “The road to writing proficiency,” a summary from the recent Harvard Educational Review. Thanks for dropping by–and do bring friends! We’ll be reviewing a new book by Richard Peck, right here on Gurus, early next week.


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EDUC 744: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Online Course University of Wisconsin-Stout

EDUC 744: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits Online Course University of Wisconsin-Stout | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit

Instructor: Dennis O'Connor

June 18 - August 10, 2012

 

Learn how to teach and assess writing more effectively and help students understand the 6-Traits of good writing (voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency & conventions). Explore strategies to enable learners to progress through higher standards and improve test scores. Participants get extensive hands-on practice assessing a variety of student samples using the 6-Traits rubric.
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Anastasia Suen January 2012 Online Workshops

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Anastasia does a terrific work. You may know her from the Picture Book of the Day Website.


Check out her new online workshops! ~ Dennis


January 2012 Online Workshops
The January 2012 workshops will begin on Wednesday, January 4th.
Which workshop is best for you?

New to children's books? Or Ready to Write?


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WritingFix: Right-brained Writing Prompts

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WritingFix believes this: No one writes with just the right side of his/her brain. The human brain is too complex and too cross-wired to ever believe that.

 

We do believe this too: Ideas that spark a writer's inspiration can start on the right-side of the brain. And for that reason, all writing activities categorized on this page celebrate a right-brained approach to beginning a piece of writing. This page celebrates approaches that are serendipitous and random. This page celebrates approaches that are recklessly creative.


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About 6+1 Trait® Writing | Education Northwest

About 6+1 Trait® Writing | Education Northwest | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Our 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction and Assessment is now used in virtually every state in the country, not to mention American Samoa, Amsterdam, France, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, China, Venezuela, Australia, Turkey, and Bahrain. It's the model or the source of the model used to score student papers in numerous state assessments and district assessments in virtually every state. Teachers from primary grades through college have embraced the 6+1 Trait model and not just English teachers, either. The traits are used by teachers of mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language, art, music- anyone for whom writing is an important part of instruction.
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WritingFix: Writing Across the Curriculum

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Look here for a huge archive of writing materials covering all aspects of Writing Across the Curriculum for elementary, middle, and early high school students. 


Welcome to our page of on-line resources for the Northern Nevada Writing Project's highly popular Writing Across the Curriculum (W.A.C.) inservice classes for teachers.


Each year, the NNWP sponsors numerous teacher workshops that focus on W.A.C. Even if you are not in Northern Nevada and cannot enroll in our workshops, we believe you will find the information presented on this page useful, especially if you believe that students who write about content will think deeper about content.

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EDUC 744 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits

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EDUC 744 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6 Traits.  Instructor and Course Author, Dennis O'Connor (3 Graduate Units)


A 100% Online Course. Information  - using 6-trait rubrics for middle school and high school writing assessment.


Learn how to teach and assess writing more effectively and help students understand the 6-Traits of good writing (voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency & conventions). Explore strategies to enable learners to progress through higher standards and improve test scores. Participants get extensive hands-on practice assessing a variety of student samples using the 6-Traits rubric.


Designed for ESL/ELL teachers, English and language arts teachers, teachers interested in writing across the curriculum, special education teachers, technical and community college writing instructors, and curriculum coordinators.

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6-Traits Resources: WritingFix Search Trick

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I love to search the Internet. It's one of my passions. I've got an entire website dedicated to searching and evaluating online resources: http://21cif.com.


Here's a WritingFix search trick:


Use any search engine or go directly to the WritingFix homepage and use the search box in the upper right hand corner.


Seach term examples:

  • writingfix primary
  • writingfix elementary
  • writingfix middle
  • writingfix high school
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How to Introduce the 6 Traits - The Writing Teacher - Tips, Techniques, and Advice on Teaching Writing

How to Introduce the 6 Traits - The Writing Teacher - Tips, Techniques, and Advice on Teaching Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Tips, techniques, and strategies for teaching writing in the classroom...


I have taught 6-traits assessment and writing on the Internet since the turn of the century.


Before that I developed a writing workshop with a technology enabled blend of writing process and traits.


Most of my students were 7/8 mixed classes of middle schoolers in a block schedule. I was fortunate to have the same students two years in a row. The blend of writing process and 6-traits instruction produced remarkable results, in the classroom and on the state mandated writing test.


Online, I have shared what I learned in the classroom with hundreds of dedicated teachers as they create writing workshops empowered by 6-traits concepts.

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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

How do you respond to the statement: Correcting isn't teaching!


Think about it: all correcting does is make you a better proofreader. Students more often than not ignore your hard work. You as a teacher feel obligated to take out the red pen, while in your heart you know this just isn't working. Don't you see the same errors over and over again? How many times can you check, highlight, underline and explain in the margins that a lot is two words? What else can you do? Isn't every English teacher obliged to correct the work of their students? Isn't that the expectation of parents and administration?

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Six Traits Search swicki - powered by eurekster

Six Traits Search swicki - powered by eurekster | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Specialized Search Engine dedicated to 6-Traits and writing process content.

 

Social search engine with word cloud suggests search terms.

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About WritingFix: Our Bibliography of Mentor Texts

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A Bibliography for Teachers & Librarians: There are a lot of published books that share lists of mentor texts for teaching writing; the book at right is one example. This page at WritingFix--we believe--is much more thorough than just about every book in print we've found. We've spent almost ten years creating the list of books below.

 

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6+1 Trait® Writing Scoring Practice | Education Northwest

6+1 Trait® Writing Scoring Practice | Education Northwest | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Everyone agrees, the more papers you read, assess, and discuss the deeper and richer becomes your understanding of the scoring guide and specifically of its components. It's simple and worth every minute spent reviewing example papers...
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Teaching Persuasive Writing via the Common Core Standards

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The Bottom Line


By the way, one of the most interesting things to discuss with students is the reason, the driving force, behind persuasive writing. What’s the goal here? Is it (a) Getting someone to agree with you, or (b) Persuading someone to take a specific action? What do your students think? What do you think? I would argue that it is both of those–but that neither is the primary purpose behind this complex genre.

 

The real purpose of persuasive writing is to guide the reader through a complex set of issues so that he or she can make a good decision. Lindstrom’s article does that very well, by the way. I will never shop the same way again–and that’s quite an outcome, considering he only had one page to win me over.


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The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate: Inspiration for informational and persuasive writing via Common Core Standards

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate: Inspiration for informational and persuasive writing via Common Core Standards | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

A new post from Vicki Spandel and the Six-Trait Gurus.  See how 6-Traits vocabulary, mentor texts, and Common Core Standards fit! ~ Dennis

 

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly 

2009. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 338 pages

Genre: Young adult novel, historical fiction

Ages: Grades 5 through 8

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Informational Writing. Though we don’t always associate fiction with research, the truth is, a good novel usually requires as much research as an informational text. This particular book brims with topics that invite further exploration. Here are just a few. Before doing any informational writing, review with your students some of the characteristics that define good informational writing according to the Common Core Standards (links to specific traits are ours):


A strong and clear main point (IDEAS)


Facts, definitions, concrete details, or other carefully chosen information that supports that main point (IDEAS)


Logical, clear, inviting organizational structure that guides the reader through the piece (ORG)


Thoughtful transitions that connect ideas (ORG)


Precise language that helps make the discussion clear (WORD CHOICE)


A strong introduction that draws readers into the discussion (ORG)


A satisfying conclusion that wraps up the discussion–but leaves a reader thinking (ORG)

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Video: 6+1 Traits for Writing Ideas

This instructional video explains how to use the 6+1 Traits for Writing column on Ideas.

 

Narrated slides provide a basic introduction to 6-traits concepts.  Part of a series that covers all 6-traits.  Raises awareness and introduces traits vocabulary.  

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WritingFix Projects: The "Mentor Text of the Year" Network

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Occasionally a great classroom mentor text is about a topic we're very fond of here at WritingFix: how to write better. A mentor text on this topic deserves to be brought out again and again (and again) in a school year.


Our Mentor Text of the Year program chooses a different book each year that shares advice on writing from a published writer. Teachers users of WritingFix are invited to purchase the text, incorporate it into a writing lesson, then share how they used the book at our Mentor Text of the Year Network. Our favorite ideas submitted to the network will be published here at WritingFix, and teachers whose ideas are published will be sent a complimentary copy of one of the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Print Publications.

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Local Site Research Initiative: Results and Reflections - National Writing Project

Local Site Research Initiative: Results and Reflections - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

All five studies analyzed pre/post student writing samples. The writing, with identifying information removed, was independently evaluated at NWP's national scoring conference. Building on a long tradition of writing assessment, the NWP defined a rigorous framework for evaluating student writing, using "anchor papers"—samples exemplifying each level of achievement—along with descriptive commentary.

 

More than 7,500 writing samples were scored using a rubric adapted from the 6+1 Traits Writing Model (Culham 2003). The four-point scale was extended to six points in order to increase sensitivity, and language was clarified to enhance reliability.

 

The rubric addressed six specific attributes of writing: ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, and conventions (Bellamy 2005). Each writing sample also received an overall holistic score.

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6-Traits Resources: Facebook Page

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Helping teachers to assess and teach writing with the 6-traits...


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6-Traits Resources: Writing Across the Curriculum - Writing Lesson of the Month Network

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This group receives special notice whenever a new writing across the curriculum lesson or resource is posted at WritingFix.

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The Literate Learner - InterActive Six Trait Writing Process

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This web site provides an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and improving student writing based on the Six Traits Writing model.


The real power of the site is found in the Exercises. These will give students and teachers a chance to read sample writings, rate them, and compare their ratings with ratings made by English teachers. This will provide a valuable opportunity for both students and teachers to improve their understanding of the Six Traits and, in the end, improve their own writing.

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WritingFix: Genres and Modes...Persuasive Writing Resources

WritingFix: Genres and Modes...Persuasive Writing Resources | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Even though our students learn basic persuasive writing skills long before they come to school ("I'll be really quiet if you buy me that toy"), they don't come to us knowing how to write persuasively. Writing is different than speaking. To persuade through writing, students need to analyze how they successfully convince others through speaking, then combine those skills with solid writing instruction.


What we've learned is that there must be a strong foundation of other writing skills in place before asking students to write something persuasive. Without the foundation, the persuasive writing your students will do will be flat and uninteresting.

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Six Traits Gurus: FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Do I need to teach the traits in order?

 

2. What is the link between the six traits and revision?

 

3. Should we divide the traits up and teach one per year?

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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 |