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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, however, 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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Margaret Atwood says Twitter, internet boost literacy - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

Margaret Atwood says Twitter, internet boost literacy - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Rather than turn our noses up at Twitter, we should celebrate it and the internet as new platforms for instant communication and as drivers of literacy, says CanLit legend Margaret Atwood.

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Strunk, William, Jr. 1918. The Elements of Style

Strunk, William, Jr. 1918. The Elements of Style | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

 

 

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WritingFix: Right-brained Writing Prompts

WritingFix: Right-brained Writing Prompts | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

WritingFix believes this: No one writes with just the right side of his/her brain. The human brain is too complex and too cross-wired to ever believe that.

 

We do believe this too: Ideas that spark a writer's inspiration can start on the right-side of the brain. And for that reason, all writing activities categorized on this page celebrate a right-brained approach to beginning a piece of writing. This page celebrates approaches that are serendipitous and random. This page celebrates approaches that are recklessly creative.


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An interview with Jason Nelson | Cordite Poetry Review

An interview with Jason Nelson | Cordite Poetry Review | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Shortly before one of my first digital poetry readings/talks at the University of Maryland, I was asked, during a pre-dinner, to describe how I generated ideas for my digital poems. Initially, I stormed into a discussion about not being satisfied with the limitations of print, and the need to find a format that satiated a curious and scattered mind. And while those points are entirely valid and contribute to my creative process/direction, they didn’t really answer the question of where the kernel, the initial spark for each digital poem lives. I stumbled through half-jokes and comments about the food and weather, until someone across from me said they loved my interfaces. At the time I hadn’t really, formally, considered the idea of an interface, the notion that digital poems have an engine, an architecture that structurally, thematically, cultural surrounds the poem, holds the poem, shelters and nurtures and indeed conceives (procreation digitally) the poem.


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Shelfster - Research Tool for Writers

Shelfster - Research Tool for Writers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This seems to be similar to Evernote, but might have more social linking capability.  The idea of keeping your notes and writing 'in the cloud' can appeal to anyone who as left their materials at home.  Is it right for you or your classes?  That depends on just how web friendly you (or your audience) really is. ~ Dennis

 

This is another great tool for collecting web research and links to resources. Great for developing those digital study skills.


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6-Traits Resources: Digital Writing Workshop: The Writing Process Evolves

6-Traits Resources: Digital Writing Workshop: The Writing Process Evolves | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Short Video Lecture: 

 

Troy Hicks, author of the Digital Writing Workshop (Heinemann, 2009), offers an overview of the five principles guiding writing instruction in the 21st century: http://www.heinemann.com/products/E02674.aspx

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Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: English | Powerful Learning Practice

Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: English | Powerful Learning Practice | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. So what does that mean? To begin with, I don’t lecture. My students don’t take notes, at least not in the traditional sense, and we don’t read a novel and simply answer the questions.


It means 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..."


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Video: 6+1 Traits for Writing Ideas

This instructional video explains how to use the 6+1 Traits for Writing column on Ideas.

 

Narrated slides provide a basic introduction to 6-traits concepts.  Part of a series that covers all 6-traits.  Raises awareness and introduces traits vocabulary.  

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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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Persuasive Writing is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards | Edutopia

Persuasive Writing is a Key Focus in Common Core Standards | Edutopia | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Regardless of the subject, persuasive writing is a key component of Common Core Standards.

 

In my department, English Language Arts, we are already spinning Literary Analysis into a literary persuasive composition in order to address the future of this more meaningful writing. Rather than teach two compartmentalized writing genres, doesn't it make more sense to blend the two and have the student convince the reader of the theme or the character change or the author's intent? It comes at analysis from a different, more authentic angle.

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NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing

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Guideline on NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing...

 

Just as the nature of and expectation for literacy has changed in the past century and a half, so has the nature of writing. Much of that change has been due to technological developments, from pen and paper, to typewriter, to word processor, to networked computer, to design software capable of composing words, images, and sounds. These developments not only expanded the types of texts that writers produce, they also expanded immediate access to a wider variety of readers. With full recognition that writing is an increasingly multifaceted activity, we offer several principles that should guide effective teaching practice.

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NWP and the Common Core Standards - National Writing Project

NWP and the Common Core Standards - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"Writing Project sites across the country are eager to be part of efforts to strengthen the teaching of writing and are well-versed in the kinds of expectations and approaches the Common Core emphasizes," says Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Director of National Programs and Site Development for the NWP. "They also have a strong sense of the kind of writing instruction that goes beyond what the standards cover, yet may be required by local standards for real college- and career-readiness as well as active citizenship."

 

Because of the attention to writing in the Common Core State Standards, the National Writing Project provides a number of ways to help districts and teachers get the necessary professional development to successfully implement the standards in the classroom.

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The New Normal: NWP and NCTE 2011 - Digital Writing, Digital Teaching

The New Normal: NWP and NCTE 2011 - Digital Writing, Digital Teaching | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Each fall, November brings the NWP Annual Meeting and the NCTE Annual Convention, two events that mark the new year in my professional life.

 

This year was no different, yet quite different at the same time in the sense that the NWP as we have known it for so long is no longer. We are adjusting to what many are calling the “new normal.” Since the elimination of federal funding this past spring, the NWP has been scaling back, and this annual meeting was a tangibe result of that process while, on the other hand, the NCTE convention seemed as big as ever, celebrating its 100th birthday in the town where it all began, Chicago.

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Writing Advice That Saves You in 5 Years | Jane Friedman

Writing Advice That Saves You in 5 Years | Jane Friedman | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Steal this list: ... here are the ten craft techniques, gathered from my notebooks, that have been most helpful to me. Many of them, I notice, address characterization, the element of craft that I most enjoy exploring. They've saved me a few hours of frustration, if not years.

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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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Polyphony H.S.

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Our mission is to create a high-quality literary magazine written, edited, and published by high school students. We strive to build respectful, mutually beneficial, writer-editor relationships that form a community devoted to improving students’ literary skills in the areas of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.


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How to engage the disengaged

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An English teacher discovers digital literacy really works...

 

My class of demotivated learners – the same class who undertook the Sugata Mitra/Carol Dweck lesson earlier in the year – have been working on Machinarium. If you haven't heard of it yet it's a puzzle point-and-click adventure game developed by Amanita Design (thank you Wikipedia) and, as a stimulus for lots of quality writing, it is simply wonderful. There is a free three level demo which my class have been working on but the downloaded paid version has thirty levels. I gave my lot a handful of lap tops and left them to it.


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Video: Common Core for English: Read like a detective and write like a conscientious investigative reporter!

Video: Common Core for English: Read like a detective and write like a conscientious investigative reporter! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Read like a detective and write like a consceintious investigative reporter!

 

This high end lecture presentation on the shifts required to meet the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.   

 

Shifts promoted by the CC Standards

 

Major move toward reading informational texts at all levels is the main message.  

 

Writing at the high school is dominated by personal opinion / narrative?   The shift is to writing that conveys an arguement that can be supported with facts.  Narrative is not eliminated, but takes second place to informative writing. 

 

As a heart and soul writing teacher I've taught writing in the context of personal narrative. Using this mode remains the best way to teach fundamentals.  However I have to agree with the lectures statement that in general "People don't give a shit about your opinions."  His point being that writers should be able convey information and support their opinions with facts.

 

I don't worry about writing being sidelined. That's already happened after years of distorted emphasis delivered by NCLB.  

 

I hope that the CC standards will help us shift our teaching to the point where critical thinking and being able to 'write like a conscientious investigative reporter' becomes a more common reality in classrooms across the country.

 

I wouldn't be a teacher if I didn't have an enormous capacity for hope. ~ Dennis

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Punctuation is Important

Punctuation can really make a difference.
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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 Talks About Putting Voice in Writing Tests

Author Donald Graves tells teachers to have their students write with their own voice on writing tests. This short film by Barry Lane captures the central premise of Graves work: let students write in their own voices.

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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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About 6+1 Trait® Writing | Education Northwest

About 6+1 Trait® Writing | Education Northwest | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Our 6+1 Trait® Writing Model of Instruction and Assessment is now used in virtually every state in the country, not to mention American Samoa, Amsterdam, France, Great Britain, Saudi Arabia, China, Venezuela, Australia, Turkey, and Bahrain. It's the model or the source of the model used to score student papers in numerous state assessments and district assessments in virtually every state. Teachers from primary grades through college have embraced the 6+1 Trait model and not just English teachers, either. The traits are used by teachers of mathematics, science, social studies, foreign language, art, music- anyone for whom writing is an important part of instruction.
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Common Core State Standards Accelerates Interest in Online Professional Development - National Writing Project

Common Core State Standards Accelerates Interest in Online Professional Development - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Tanya Baker, the director of national programs for the National Writing Project, the Berkeley, Calif.-based nonprofit organization with multiple sites throughout the country that provides resources and professional development to writing teachers, said the writing portion of the standards also represents a shift to a richer and more rigorous understanding of writing.

 

"Teachers with a significant amount of experience might not have very much experience with the kind of teaching that would lead kids to be successful with these standards," she said.

 

"My worry about online professional development around common-core standards is that it'll be one-size-fits-all," Ms. Baker said. "Even as we're thinking nationally, we need to be aware locally" of teachers' specific backgrounds and instructional methods.

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