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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Writing for the Test (Ladies)

6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Writing for the Test (Ladies) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Test Ladies™ unite! Timing truly is everything when we’re helping students prepare for the writing portion of the state assessment. Check out a strategy that gets kids writing—fast!

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Timed writing practice can help kids conquer their fear of the clock.  Here we have another take on Natalie Goldberg's classic advice:  Just keep the pen moving!  ~ Dennis

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Grammarly - English grammar checker, proofreader &plagiarism scanner

Grammarly - English grammar checker, proofreader &plagiarism scanner | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Grammar check, instant proofreading, and plagiarism detection.
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Mark Twain’s excellent 19th century guidelines for writing on the web

Mark Twain’s excellent 19th century guidelines for writing on the web | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In 1895 Mark Twain wrote a rant that contains some the best guidelines we have for effective web writing.

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You Teach a Child to Blog...Common Concerns with Student Blogging Answered

You Teach a Child to Blog...Common Concerns with Student Blogging Answered | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

You teach a child to blog and the whole world opens up to them. And yet, with that whole wide world comes a whole lot of responsibility. Some of the more frequent questions I receive is how I keep my students safe when they blog, how do I prevent cyber bullying, and how do I convince parents that this is worthwhile. While I may not have all of the answers or any quick fix solutions, I do have a lot of passion for this.

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Book Review: The Curiosity Cycle by Jonathan Mugan - The KidZui Blog

Book Review: The Curiosity Cycle by Jonathan Mugan - The KidZui Blog | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Sophia reviews The Curiosity Cycle by Jonathan Mugan and finds some great advice on how to prepare your kids for life with technology.
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Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time | Video on TED.com

Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time | Video on TED.com | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
TED Talks Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel.

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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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Writers Write | Poetry for beginners

Writers Write | Poetry for beginners | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
by Amanda Patterson


Sound is how we identify poetry. Everyone finds it difficult to forget rhythmical poetry. Children love it. The most important element of poetry is that it should ‘sound right’ when it is read aloud. It should flow without effort. Poetry allows you to play with words – to manipulate, to suggest, to twist and to turn words inside out. The fundamentals of poetry and prose are the same. However, poetry forces us to experience the human condition in its most naked form. It is also to there to entertain.
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Listen and Write - Dictation

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Improve your listening skills and hear about the news. Listen-and-write.com is free listening practice.


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RhymeBrain Rhyming Dictionary.

RhymeBrain Rhyming Dictionary. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Finding words that rhyme with new words you are learning is a great way to develop your pronunciation of new vocabulary.


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Common Core: Six Fundamental Shifts in ELA Curriculum Design « Critical Thinking « Critical Thinking Works

Common Core: Six Fundamental Shifts in ELA Curriculum Design « Critical Thinking « Critical Thinking Works | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Within these Common Core standards are six fundamental shifts that all educators (not just English teachers!) need to understand.
  1. Balance Literacy and Informational Text
  2. Build Background Knowledge
  3. Provide a "Staircase of Complexity"
  4. Provide text-based evidence
  5. Argumentative Writing
  6. Use increasingly complex text
  7. Build Academic Vocabulary
  8. Conventions of Standard English

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Minor Details: Three-Minute Fiction's Age Rules : NPR

When 11-year-old Kahlo Smith found out she couldn't enter Three-Minute Fiction she wanted to why. (Includes NPR audio)

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6-Traits Resources: Primary Conventions:

6-Traits Resources: Primary Conventions: | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

In answer to the quesiton: Is correcting a student's conventions errors effective teaching?


Primary teacher Mary had this to say...

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Reading, writing, tweeting

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When Ed Knight wants to find out what his 6-year-old did in school, he can scroll the Twitter feed on his iPhone for clues to start a conversation with his quiet son, who sometimes holds back when recounting details of his day.

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14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging

14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

So you have heard about blogging with your students and you are considering taking the plunge but just not sure what or how to do it? I am here to tell you; blogging with my students has been one of the most enriching educational experiences we have had this year, and that says a lot. So to get you started, here is what I have learned:

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Google's New Spell Check Is Crazy Awesome

Google's New Spell Check Is Crazy Awesome | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Google Docs—the beloved tool without which this site would grind to a halt—has updated its spell checker! Sure, in theory that's a "what could be more boring" scenario.
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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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Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines

Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Article by Shannon Doyne and Holly Epstein Ojalvo

 

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"This lesson plan is focused on the art of writing memorable sentences, and how descriptive language has been found to stimulate cognitive function. The writers of this blog post say students first should study their favorite sentences, discussing the qualities that make them great. They should then work in groups to paraphrase the sentences, comparing their new creations to the originals and discussing their own cognitive responses to each."


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The Blues, Storytelling and Science | The Inspired Classroom

The Blues, Storytelling and Science | The Inspired Classroom | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Peterson writes about an interdisciplinary unit she conducted combining science study of Land and Water with blues songs about life on the Mississippi River - extracting rich narratives from the songs' lyrics. Pictures and music included. -JL


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The Writers

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"To write is to paint a picture in words. It can be pleasure, pain and frustration, and surprise when it works well. Writers have the power to create and transform things; they can inform, enrage, move, persuade, or seduce us by the written word. The following resources provide opportunities for your students to meet a range of writers. They can find out more about some popular authors and discover some new ones, and the references will assist you to develop writers of the future."


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Phraseup*

Phraseup* | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This is a great tool to help develop your writng and vocabulary: Phraseup* assists you with writing by finding and filling-in the words you can't remember...


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Word Dynamo

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Excellent vocabulary revision tool. You can sellect from various word lists and play differnet word games to revise the words. You can also create your own word lists. Excellent.


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Kairos 16.2: Bowie, Podcasting in a Writing Class - Overview

Kairos 16.2: Bowie, Podcasting in a Writing Class - Overview | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Welcome to “Podcasting in a Writing Class? Considering the Possibilities,” a multimodal project exploring podcasting as a part of a writing class. This text has two main components: a hypertextual webtext and a six episode podcast series. I encourage you to listen to the podcasts and explore the webtext to experience the full article. I focus on the practice of podcasts in our writing classes.

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WritingFix: Conventions Resources and Lessons:, Spelling

WritingFix: Conventions Resources and Lessons:, Spelling | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Each of the six writing traits--conventions included--can be broken down into multiple smaller writing skills that--when working together--make-up the bigger trait. Below, find some of our webmaster's favorite resources and lessons that focus specifically on just one of convention's sub-skill: spelling . A great writing teacher finds the time to teach conventional skills in context, which means the students apply the skills to a piece of writing they are creating, not a piece of writing that a daily oral language drill has provided.

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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 |