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A Great TED video lesson: The power of simple words

Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren't always the best words. In this short, playful vide...
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6-Traits Resources: Methods of Teaching Sentence Fluency

6-Traits Resources: Methods of Teaching Sentence Fluency | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

(Ideas from the active classrooms of teachers from around the world!)


Here is a sample of great ideas offered by teachers who have takeing my 6-Traits online class!

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Persuasive Writing

Intro for persuasive writing unit....


Here's a clever, music enhanced, mashup of media that explains the basic principles of persuasive writing.  It's a good set for any a unit introduction at the middle or high school level. 

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How Young Adult Literature Fits the Common Core Standards

Renown Blogger and young adult literature reviewer Paul Hankins describes the power of young adult literature.
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DARE | DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN REGIONAL ENGLISH

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The Dictionary of American Regional English

Like other dictionaries, the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is arranged alphabetically by headword, from A to Z.


What is different about DARE is that it shows where people use the words that are included. We all know, for example, that Americans have many names for the kind of sandwich that includes meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes, etc., served in a long bun.


What DARE can tell you (and can often illustrate through the use of maps based on fieldwork) is where the words hero, hoagie, grinder, sub, torpedo, Cuban, etc. are the local terms for this sandwich. It can also tell you where people use the words darning needle, ear cutter, eye stitcher, mosquito (or skeeter) hawk, sewing needle, snake doctor, or snake feeder (among other terms) for a dragonfly.

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9 web 2.0 sites to publish student work

9 web 2.0 sites to publish student work | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Publishing content online in eye-catching formats is easier than ever. Use these easy-to-use tools to publish, share and celebrate student work.

Students love to publish their projects online and share with their family and friends.
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Jim Burke: English Companion

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I teach at Burlingame High School every day as I have for the last sixteen years and plan to do for many more to come. Though our work is demanding, even exhausting at times, it is important work. Most of my books focus on the instructional side of our work; others, such as The Teacher's Daybook, offer guidance and support in maintaining the personal-professional balance we must have if we are to enjoy and keep doing this vital work. I plan to make this site a priority in the future. In addition to the englishcompanion.com website, I have also created an englishcompanion ning, an online professional community for English teachers and those who support and prepare them. Please join us!

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Building 21st Century Writers -- THE Journal

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Description from SmartBrief on EdTech

 

Writing-focused initiatives are supported by one-to-one technology programs in one California school district and one Colorado district. Fourth-grade students in Saugus, Calif., are using Web-based software accessible on their netbooks to help improve their writing skills. In Littleton, Colo., a technology-based writing initiative that began with fifth-grade students has been expanded to students throughout the district.


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Digital Writing, Digital Teaching - Integrating New Literacies into the Teaching of Writing

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Troy Hicks:


As a part of my day at the “Write to Learn: New World, New Literacies” conference yesterday, I had the wonderful opportunity to lead a keynote, do a breakout session on using mobile devices for digital composition (see this Google Doc for many links), and then do a three-hour writing workshop with fellow teacher/author Penny Kittle. While the morning sessions went well, and were quite enjoyable, I wanted to reflect specifically on the afternoon session that Penny and I led together.

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Evelyn Martens's curator insight, October 22, 2014 1:49 PM

 

This is a thoughtful piece about the viability of transitioning from words to video in fields across disciplines for Writing-across-the-Curriculum purposes.  Ultimately, she ends up with more questions than answers, but they are thoughtful, appropriate questions that all instructors should be pondering.

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Plotto: The Master Book of All Plots

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The art of mechanized storytelling, or what a cardboard robot has to do with melodrama and Law & Order.


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Write On!

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Write On! is a community for teen writers and book lovers. It's a place to come and meet others who share your passion for the written word, and a place to learn more about the craft of writing and the publishing business.

 

We offer the blog, forums, a chatroom, Ask-The-Editor with real editor Alison Weiss, monthly Agent Chats with real agents, etc. to help accomplish the goal of a tight-knit community of writers (and readers).


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Joey Writes a letter

Joey writes an adoption letter for Chandler and Monica...


... and illustrates a common problem with the THEE Saurus! 

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Write Right: Using Creative Writing to Counter Gender Stereotypes in Literature | Teaching Tolerance

Write Right: Using Creative Writing to Counter Gender Stereotypes in Literature | Teaching Tolerance | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This lesson is the second in a series on Gender Expression. The lessons do not need to be used as a series, but they are designed to complement and build on each other. The overall goal of the series is to help students understand how gender stereotypes can lead to teasing or bullying that stands in the way of building a safe classroom community.


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6-Traits Resources: Primary Sentence Fluency & Reader's Theater

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Class comments from Kathy: 


I was excited to see the example in the book that described a good way to begin teaching varying sentences was to model. That is exactly what I did with my class last year when I dabbled in teaching sentence fluency. I wrote a story similar to the boring beach story in the book. Mine was about playing at the park. I started every sentence with we and the sentences were short and simple. Then next to it I had a story with descriptive words, varied sentence lengths and different words starting the sentences. I started by asking which one was more enjoyable to listen to. They were able to respond correctly and talk about what made it more interesting to listen to. We then focused on the poorly written park story and how we could rewrite it to make it have more sentence fluency. We never got past the modeling and shared writing portion of this because the school year ended. I am excited to try some more of the ideas in Spandels's book this year.


This post includes a list of online resources! ~Dennis

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WritingFix Projects: Poetry Lessons & Prompts

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How did this page of lessons come about? Since the 1990's our Northern Nevada Writing Project has sponsored annual poetry events for students and teachers in Nevada. In 2001, when we launched the WritingFix website, we began posting many of the demonstration lessons from past workshops, and we began posting new lessons that were being created by our NNWP Teacher Consultants and teachers taking our inservice classes. This page began taking shape as our "poetry collection" in 2002.

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About NIET Chairman and Founder Lowell Milken

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"The only people who develop human potential and character as a calling are educators. This puts the men and women who choose to be teachers and principals in a position of unique power to help secure our children's future." -NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken
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Electronic Text: Writing Tips — Jerz's Literacy Weblog

Electronic Text: Writing Tips — Jerz's Literacy Weblog | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Plenty of other web pages offer advice on coding, design, and stylesheet tricks. This collection, emphasizing content, rather than coding, offers advice on how to write electronic documents (mostly web pages, but also e-mail and interactive fiction). It is part of a larger collection of handouts on writing. – Dennis G. Jerz

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Working With New Teachers

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Listen to an interview with Kira J. Baker-Doyle about her book The Networked Teacher to learn about research and theory behind social networks and gain practical advice about how new teachers can create networks of peers and mentors that help them...
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Control Anger Today » What Does it Mean to Think Critically?

Control Anger Today » What Does it Mean to Think Critically? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

What does it mean to think critically? Some individuals would say to think critically is to deep think. Other individuals may say that critical thinking is thought that explores all possible logical outcomes. Critical thinking is best understood descriptively and through real life application analysis.

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The Text Itself

Tom Newkirk's Commentary on the Common Core Standards and the English Language Arts, via Heinemann


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Advice for students: Beware of thesaurus

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But dressing up a piece of prose with thesaurus-words tends not to work well. And here’s why: a thesaurus suggests words without explaining nuances of meaning and levels of diction. So if you choose substitute-words from a thesaurus, it’s likely that your writing will look as though you’ve done just that. The thesaurus-words are likely to look odd and awkward, or as a writer relying on Microsoft Word’s thesaurus might put it, “extraordinary and uncoordinated.” When I see that sort of strange diction in a student’s writing and ask whether a thesaurus is involved, the answer, always, is yes.
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Life in a 21st-Century English Class | MindShift

Life in a 21st-Century English Class | MindShift | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"...my classroom is a place where my students spend time piecing together what they have learned, critically evaluating its larger purpose, and reflecting on their own learning. It also means my students don’t acquire knowledge just for the sake of acquiring it. They need to do something with it — that’s where “project-based” comes into play.

 

Finally, technology is embedded into the structure of all we do. It’s part of how we research, how we capture information, and how we display our learning. It’s never an accessory tacked on at the end."


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Figment: Write yourself in. For teachers!

Figment: Write yourself in. For teachers! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"Welcome Educators! With our unique writing platform and engaged community of passionate teen readers and writers, Figment is a natural teaching tool.

"And so Figment offers special features developed just for you to use with your students, including exclusive author programming, writing prompts, and private group functionality, where you can create a virtual writers’ workshop for your classroom.

"Learn more about how to use Figment in your class in our video promo. Then sign up for a free Figment educator account."


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Mike Shultz's Writing Lesson #4-Banish Boring Words in Writing

Mike Shultz's Writing Lesson #4-Banish Boring Words in Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Here's a page of examples contrasting:


Weak

Tolerable

and Better 


Word choice. 

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Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Websites to Know - Language Arts

Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Websites to Know - Language Arts | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There are many websites designed to help educators teach reading and writing in the classroom, and this article lists some of them. Students can build their own comic strips with the help of Comic Creator, while Essay Map helps students structure their writing with outlines. Another site, Fun English Games, features tongue-twisters that help students master the parts of speech, among other activities.

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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 |