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Resource: Inside Writing Communities, Grades 3-5

Resource: Inside Writing Communities, Grades 3-5 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

From Annenberg Teacher Resources

 

A video workshop for grades 3–5 teachers; 8 half-hour workshop video programs, 8 half-hour classroom video programs, workshop guide, and Web site;

 

This video workshop for elementary school teachers uses classroom footage to demonstrate how a writing workshop approach motivates intermediate students and helps them become proficient and independent writers. Ten teachers from across the country model teaching strategies and share reflections on their practice. Six nationally known experts in writing instruction comment on teaching and using the writing workshop approach with upper elementary students. The package includes eight 30-minute workshop programs, eight 30-minute classroom programs, a workshop guide, and a Web site.


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Small Group Writing | Teaching Channel

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Ms. Rosenzweig leads her Bronxville High School students through a writing process in response to Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." In small groups or pairs, students discuss their argument and evidence from the text before beginning to write their pieces.

5 minute video and 3 lesson documents.


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Do You Write with Your Students? | Edutopia

Do You Write with Your Students? | Edutopia | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Blogger Rebecca Alber shares how writing and reading with your students can make a difference.


To help our students become writers, we need to write side by side with them.

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6-Traits: Writing Process Resources

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Here's a collection of writing process resources from the  6-Traits Writing section of my Wiredinstructor website.  (I'm in the process of rebuilding the site.) ~ Dennis

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Play-Doh and the Writing Process

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The art of writing is very similar to that of creating a sculpture. They both follow a familiar process.

 

There is no secret to “good” writing, just as there is no magic involved in creating an aesthetically pleasing painting or playing an instrument beautifully. Certain steps must always be followed in order to produce an outcome that pleases the artist and their audience alike. Writing with clarity is a skill that can be mastered by anyone. Illuminating words, sentences, and paragraphs on the page is as easy as molding a figure out of clay. Both have a precise method that should be followed; the processes are more similar than one may believe.


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Video: Teaching Writing In the Middle- Nancie Atwell

Thirty years in the making, Writing in the Middle highlights the practices that have made Nancie Atwell one of America's most respected and influential educators. It inspires teachers to new heights so that we, like Nancie, can look back in June and say, "My students and I worked this year. The work was real. And I was of use to my kids."
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The Writing Process Helps Students Become More Confident Writers | Faculty Focus

The Writing Process Helps Students Become More Confident Writers | Faculty Focus | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
I’ve long been an advocate of student-centered learning and approaching material from a variety of perspectives.

 

In introductory collegiate writing courses, we teach students the writing process. Some texts and programs I’ve used insist that the process has four steps; others, five. The names may vary, but the steps are all important, and the process is recursive. The five that I talk about with my students are Prewriting/Invention, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Reflecting.

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The Development of Writing-Intensive School Environments over Time - National Writing Project

The Development of Writing-Intensive School Environments over Time - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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This report, based on the work of the New York City Writing Project, suggests that a consistent focus on literacy development across content areas (curricular cohesiveness) cannot be achieved in the absence of a mature professional community. Furthermore, a mature professional community will continue to benefit from professional development aimed at sustaining and enhancing an environment with a high degree of writing intensity, which ultimately affects both teacher practice and student learning outcomes.

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6-Traits Resources: Writing Process / Web 2.0 / 6-Traits / Writing Workshop

6-Traits Resources: Writing Process / Web 2.0 / 6-Traits / Writing Workshop | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Here's my stab at creating a poster that shows the relationships between the writing process, 6-traits, an web 2.0.


Where does digital story telling fit?~ Dennis

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'The College Writing Toolkit' | Inside Higher Ed

'The College Writing Toolkit' | Inside Higher Ed | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Interview with authors of this new book, Martha Pennington and Pauline Burton.


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William Zinsser’s 5 tips for becoming a better writer | Poynter.

William Zinsser’s 5 tips for becoming a better writer | Poynter. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

William Zinsser has spent a lifetime teaching people how to become better writers. Now at 88, the author of “On Writing Well” is just as much a student of the craft as he is a teacher.

 

He’s finding ways to remain relevant as a writer in a digital world because, as he says, he “doesn’t want to get stuck in the 20th century.” About a year ago, he decided to set up a personal website and start a weekly blog for the American Scholar. He still teaches at The New School and Columbia University‘s graduate school of journalism and spends much of his free time reading and writing in his New York City apartment.

 

In a recent phone interview, Zinsser talked with me about the craft and shared these five tips for journalists who want to grow as writers.


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How to Use the Writing Process Article + Video

How to Use the Writing Process Article + Video | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"One of the greatest difficulties for writing teachers is convincing students that writing is a recursive process. It does not come to us as money does from the Tooth Fairy. It’s simply not a one-and-done process. It takes several steps and many revisions to produce a quality piece."

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Digital Writing and the Common Core | NWP Digital Is

Digital Writing and the Common Core | NWP Digital Is | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Many teachers are wondering whether digital writing can align with the ELA strand of the Common Core State Standards, now adopted by 45 states and DC.

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Natalie Goldberg - Old Friend from Far Away - Book Video

Millions of Americans want to write about their lives. With Old Friend as the road map for getting started and following through, writers and readers will gain a deeper understanding of their own minds, learn to connect with their senses in order to find the detail and truth that give their written words power and authenticity, and unfold the natural structure of the stories they carry within. An absolute joy to read, it is a profound affirmation of the capacity of the written word to remember the past, free us from it, and forever transform the way we think about ourselves and our lives. Like Writing Down the Bones, Goldberg's classic book about the practice of writing, it will become an old friend to which readers return again and again.
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Video: Donald Graves Tells Us How To Get a Writing Class Started

Author/Teacher Donald Graves has written many books on teaching writing, including the classic book, Writing: Teachers and Children at Work (Heinemann). Here tells us how to get a writing class started.
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What Donald Murray taught Donald GravesThe Start of Writing Workshop

Author and education researcher Thomas Newkirk discusses what Donald Murray taught Donald Graves about the teaching of writing and how it applies to the writ...
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The Purdue OWL: The Writing Process

The Purdue OWL: The Writing Process | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
These OWL resources will help you with the writing process: pre-writing (invention), developing research questions and outlines, composing thesis statements, and proofreading.


While the writing process may be different for each person and for each particular assignment, the resources contained in this section follow the general work flow of pre-writing, organizing, and revising. For resources and examples on specific types of writing assignments, please go to our Common Writing Assignments area.

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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 |