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Welcome to the Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

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The Purdue University Online Writing Lab
serves writers from around the world and the Purdue University Writing Lab helps writers on Purdue's campus.


Welcome to the Purdue OWL. We offer over 200 free resources including:


  • Writing and Teaching Writing
  • Research
  • Grammar and Mechanics
  • Style Guides
  • ESL (English as a Second Language)
  • Job Search and Professional Writing
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Jeff Anderson: 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know

In his new book 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know, Jeff Anderson focuses on developing the concepts and application of ten essential aspects of good writing: motion, models, focus, detail, form, frames, cohesion, energy, words, and clutter.


Throughout the book, Jeff provides dozens of model texts, both fiction and nonfiction, that bring alive the ten things every writer needs to know. By analyzing strong mentor texts, young writers explore, discover, and apply what makes good writing work.


Jeff dedicates a chapter to each of the ten things every writer needs to know and provides mini-lessons, mentor texts, writing process strategies, and classroom tips.

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Grammar Girl : Word Choice for Creative Writing :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Grammar Girl : Word Choice for Creative Writing :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™ | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Every author who has ever stared at a blank page knows the primary difficulty in telling a story: whatever we write begins immediately to constrict us, to constrain us, into telling a certain type of story.


An author needs to be precise in his use of language in order to avoid confusing a reader. I like the quote from Mark Twain who is credited with saying that “The difference between the precise word and one that comes close is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."

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Write Guy - Resources for Teachers

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A COLLECTION OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS AND SONGS FOR TEACHING READING, WRITING, AND GRAMMAR.

 

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Jeff Anderson: Stray from the Conventional Wisdom: Show Writers How to Shape Writing with Grammar and Mechanics

Jeff Anderson: Stray from the Conventional Wisdom: Show Writers How to Shape Writing with Grammar and Mechanics | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Before we can talk about what's unconventional in the teaching of grammar and mechanics, we have to settle on what's conventional. I'd have to say death by editing or tough-love-error eradication― you know, papers splattered with red marking off a crime scene of error. We train kids to follow the errors, to become a CSI― crime sentence investigator. That's been the order of the day. As if students take home the eviscerated essay and consider their pattern of error and use a handbook to brush up on their weak spots. I think they file them away― in the garbage― and then assume the identity that they can't write. And as I travel throughout the United States, I hear that this is conventionally― though a bit exaggerated― how grammar and mechanics are taught.

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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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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 |