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Lee Child Debunks the Biggest Writing Myths

Lee Child Debunks the Biggest Writing Myths | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Like his famous protagonist, Jack Reacher, Lee Child is a bit of a rogue badass—especially when it comes to his thoughts on writing, and debunking popular writing rules.

 

In his ThrillerFest session “Tell, Don’t Show: Why Writing Rules are Mostly Wrong,” Child battled a few of the biggest writing myths out there, and explained what really keeps a reader reading until The End.

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- 12 Valuable Wordle Tips You Must Read...Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 1

- 12 Valuable Wordle Tips You Must Read...Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 1 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Welcome to a series of posts devoted to the use of Word Clouds. I know you will find new information… whether you are a seasoned user of word clouds, or brand new. I enjoy working with teachers and helping them use word clouds in their lessons because they are a great way to get any teacher started with integrating technology.
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TED-ED Video: The Case Against "Good" and "Bad"

Don't take the easy route! Instead, use this little trick to improve your writing -- let go of the words "good" and "bad," and push yourself to illustrate, elucidate and illuminate your world with language.
Lesson by Marlee Neel, animation by Bryan Young, Spyros Dahlias and Victor DeRespinis of The STUDIO.
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From an Essay on "Howl" by James E.B. Breslin

James Breslin was my professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a master teacher and a true inspiration to me when I was a young man.  


After years his name poeded into my mind. 


I learned that he'd passed away in 1996.  He found fame for his biography of Mark Rothko which was published in 1993. 


He was a fine writer and a great teacher.  I took every class he offered.  I was lucky to know him! ~ Dennis

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WritingFix for Kids: The Wacky WordGame

WritingFix for Kids: The Wacky WordGame | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

For young writers: launching a VERY creative story when some wacky nouns and verbs come together

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Always Write: Critical Thinking Skills through 6 Traits Language

Always Write: Critical Thinking Skills through 6 Traits Language | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

The main goal of my Deep Student Thinking with the Writing Traits Workshop is to show what amazing things can happen when students take 6-trait and writing process vocabulary all the way to the analyze and evaluate level of Bloom's. The second biggest goal is to help teachers design some deep-thinking tools to introduce during those critical first weeks of a school year. Our Common Core State Standards absolutely expect our students to apply much deeper cognitive skills to their reading and writing, and a foundation for this type of thinking must begin early in the year, not late.

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A Brief History of The Elements of Style and What Makes It Great

A Brief History of The Elements of Style and What Makes It Great | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
On depth in simplicity and beauty in plainness.

"I hate the guts of English grammar," E. B White once famously proclaimed.
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Princeton Review Vocabulary Minute Podcast - Free Podcast Download

Princeton Review Vocabulary Minute Podcast - Free Podcast Download | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The Princeton Review Vocab Minute is a series of short, easygoing songs that each teach four words in about 60 seconds. Each song is rated for the appropriate grade level.
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Dead Words

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Some words in the English language tend to be overused and therefore lose their power. These are called Dead Words. Below is a list of dead words and more interesting alternatives that should be used in their place when you are writing.

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The Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs (Updated)

The Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs (Updated) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
With hundreds of creative writing blogs out there, these are a good place to start for writers looking for some advice or inspiration.

Via anna smith
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Always Write: My Teacher/Trainer Homepage

Always Write: My Teacher/Trainer Homepage | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett Harrison's website.  Filled with useful resources for writing teachers.

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Pie Corbett

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The website of the legendary Pie Corbett. Videos and advice on how to implement 'talk for writing' as a strategy for improving children's writing


Via Primary English, BookChook
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TED-ED Video: Insults by Shakespeare

You're a fishmonger!" By taking a closer look at Shakespeare's words--specifically his insults--we see why he is known as a master playwright whose works transcend time and appeal to audiences all over the world.
Lesson by April Gudenrath, narration by Juliet Blake, animation by TED-Ed.
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Charles Muscatine, Chaucer scholar and educational reformer, dies at 89

Charles Muscatine, Chaucer scholar and educational reformer, dies at 89 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Charles Muscatine, a UC Berkeley professor emeritus of English, a scholar of Chaucer and medieval literature, and an educational reformer known for refusing to sign a state loyalty oath during the McCarthy era, died of an infection in Oakland on...


Dr. Muscatine was another great teacher who influenced me as an undergraduate.  Indeed, It was Dr. Muscatine who helped me graduate when I fell a half unit short of my BA.  I'd completed a poetery book as a special project for him.  It earned me a unit.  He retroactively granted me another unit saying the work more than fulfilled the requiremnts of the class.  


Now, as I read about his life of courage and principle I realize how lucky I was to know him. ~ Dennis


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Creating an Analytical Paragraph: Use the four-column chart to find patterns.

Close passage analysis demo: finding patterns in your observations. Based on The Book Thief.
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WritingFix Quick Post-it Page: Organization

Organization mini checklist

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25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions

25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
25 Beautifully Illustrated Thought-Provoking Questions...


Compelling writing prompts.

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WritingFix: an original Wacky We-Search Report inspired by Barry Lane!

WritingFix: an original Wacky We-Search Report inspired by Barry Lane! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This original summarizing activity was inspired by Barry Lane's awesome book, 51 Wacky We-Search Reports. Barry's fifty-one writing formats in his book teach students how to summarize (not plagiarize) facts from readings or from class notes. The book also encourages humor in the classroom, and using it will help you build a community among your student writers. If you don't own this book, but like the assignment on this page, we strongly recommend you purchase a copy.

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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 |