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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Voice Lesson Plans

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Voice Lessons:  Here's an archive of lesson plans designed to teach voice in writing!

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Author Talk Videos

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Scholastic Professional Author TalkAbout video interviews feature expert authors as they answer questions on important issues in education-from reading, writing, and vocabulary instruction to topics of special interest to literacy leaders.


Nancie Atwell

Jim Burke

Ruth Culham

Barry Lane


...and many more!

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The Reading-Writing Connection: Writing Improves Reading

The Reading-Writing Connection: Writing Improves Reading | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

When students receive writing instruction, their reading fluency and comprehension seem to improve.

 

In the Harvard Educational Review (Winter 2012), Steve Graham and Michael Hebert (Vanderbilt) report the results of a meta-analysis of 95 literacy studies, which confirmed the following:

  1. Writing about material enhance students' comprehension of text.
  2. Writing skills instruction strengthen students' reading skills?
  3. Increasing how much students write improve how well they read?

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Writing an Argumentative Essay

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Short video guide to writing in the argumentative mode.


Author: Douglas Borcoman
CSUDH/Coastline College/University of Alaska

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Listen and Write

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Listen-and-write.com is a simple but very useful site for learners of English. It’s dictation practice: you listen to a text and then you have to write down every word. Your work is checked in real time – you have to spell each word correctly. If you make a mistake, you can’t go on but have to try again until you get it right. You can stop and play the text again as many times as you like. There are a lot of different levels of difficulty, so everybody will find suitable texts. If you register on the site you can record your results and check your progress too.

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Writing to Read: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading | Harvard Education Review

Writing to Read: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Writing and Writing Instruction on Reading | Harvard Education Review | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Reading is critical to students' success in and out of school. One potential means for improving students' reading is writing. In this meta-analysis of true and quasi-experiments, Graham and Herbert present evidence that writing about material read improves students' comprehension of it; that teaching students how to write improves their reading comprehension, reading fluency, and word reading; and that increasing how much students write enhances their reading comprehension. These findings provide empirical support for long-standing beliefs about the power of writing to facilitate reading.


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Composition 1.01: How Email Can Change the Way Professors Teach

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Why email is the perfect way to teach writing.

 

Each year another thirty or so college students, for the most part English majors, stumble onto -- and then take furious advantages of -- an almost impossibly capable machine.

 

It works via e-mail. You send it fragments of your paper, maybe a provisional thesis or a few snippets of exegesis. Moments later it returns a fine-grained commentary: "I think you need to make this 'art' connection more clearly in your first paragraph if you're going to follow it throughout the paper.... Are you maybe a little too black / white here?.... I think it's key that you say both things -- that Stephen achieves a success but it's qualified by the ironies with which Joyce frames it.... I don't think the poem suggests he's in a daze."


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(Amazing) writing prompts from Luke Neff

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These are some of the daily writing prompts that I use in class. The prompts and pictures are scraped together from so many sources - forgotten websites, old journals, overheard conversations, the...

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VoiceThread - Group conversations around images, documents, and videos

VoiceThread - Group conversations around images, documents, and videos | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Transforming media into collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting.

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Teaching Authors--6 Children's Authors Who Also Teach Writing: Resources for Teachers

Teaching Authors--6 Children's Authors Who Also Teach Writing: Resources for Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

The TeachingAuthors shared the following resources as part of our "Helping You (and Your Students!) Connect with the Writer Within" presentation at the Illinois Reading Council convention.

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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

Writing today,” say the authors of Because Digital Writing Matters, “is pervasively and generally digital; composed with digital tools; created out of word, image, sound, and motion; circulated in digital environments; and consumed across a wide range of digital platforms.” 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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Writer's Web: Putting Voice into a Paper by Krysti Sibley

Writer's Web: Putting Voice into a Paper by Krysti Sibley | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Here's a fine series of tips that will help any writer put their voice on paper.

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How Adam Became a Better Writer

Winning Writing Strategies for Low Achieving Writers.  This article is from the Council for Exceptional Children helps you see how 6-traits connects in the classroom.

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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Target Picture Writing to Improve Sentence Writing

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Communicating in pictures is the first form of writing-on-paper primary teachers address. The power of more picture details is that students then have more details to label. The more they label, the more they can write and develop. This produces young writers who can do more than draw a picture and write a single sentence. They can draw a picture and write numerous sentences!


But don’t just tell students to draw with details, teach them how. There are several explicit lessons you could address within these first weeks of school. Take your time as you introduce these new concepts in lessons. Each idea might require more than a one-day mini-lesson.

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Do You Write with Your Students? | Edutopia

Do You Write with Your Students? | Edutopia | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Blogger Rebecca Alber shares how writing and reading with your students can make a difference.


To help our students become writers, we need to write side by side with them.

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Writing to Learn: Deepening Understanding and Improving Retention of Content

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Robert Marzano

Educational Leadership

Februrary 2012

 

"Writing to learn focuses on deepening understanding and improving retention of content."

 

Writing Across the Curriculum

 

The concept of writing across the curriculum is commonly credited to James Britton (1970, 1972).

  • Writing should be integral to instruction in all subject areas.
  • Writing is fundamentally a constructive process of encoding new information.
  • The act of translating experience into a personalized account aids and extends learning.
  • Writing to learn focuses on deepening understanding and improving retention of content. 

The writing activities, typically:

  • are short
  • informal
  • resemble an advanced form of note taking.

Five Phases for Understanding

  • Phase 1: Record - Here, students record their understanding of the content. 
  • Phase 2: Compare  - In this phase, students share what they've recorded with a partner, noting what's similar and different between their two recordings. 
  • Phase 3: Revise - This phase occurs right after the comparison phase, although a teacher might assign it as homework instead. 
  • Phase 4: Combine - Here, students combine the products of the R–C–R cycles they've completed and then generate and defend one or more generalizations. Students must support their generalizations using specific evidence. 
  • Phase 5: Review - This last phase always occurs before an assessment, although a teacher could request it at any time. 

 

Defined Instructional Practices Build Collective Capacity


The Common Core State Standards make school wide literacy a must do. School leaders are faced with the challenge of increasing the capacity of their entire instructional staff within a brief period of time. In order to raise the collective capacity of teachers, school must employ a locally agreed upon set of defined instructional practices in which all teachers engage in every classroom every day. Defined practices build collective capacity!


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Penzu

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Free personal journal and online diary....


Penzu is a service that makes publishing your texts online simpler than you ever thought possible.


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JenniferESL's Channel - YouTube

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Whether you're currently enrolled in a language program or not, take advantage of free online instruction from an experienced teacher. The lessons will introduce new content to some and serve as a review for others.
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How to Setup Google Docs for Collaborative Writing

I show my students how to setup Google Docs for our ESL writing class.

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IdiomDictionary.com – Online Idiom Dictionary

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IdiomDictionary.com. Easy-to-use free idiom dictionary with over 5,000 idioms and phrases explained. A concise, clear, and comprehensive explanation of all commonly used idioms.

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Common Core Curriculum Maps | English Language Arts

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"The Common Core Curriculum Mapping Project, written by teachers, for teachers" 


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On the Shoulders of Giants: Happy Friday~Poetry Writing Stations! (with files)

On the Shoulders of Giants: Happy Friday~Poetry Writing Stations! (with files) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Though we are all sort of burning the midnight oil by this time of year, at the end of a jam packed week, I thoroughly enjoyed my Friday today. I thought I'd share this poetry lesson which has gone well...


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Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Writing Re-Launched: Teaching with Digital Tools

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Innovative language arts teachers are finding that adapting writing instruction to technology can enhance engagement without sacrificing the fundamentals.

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Creative Writing Can Be Taught: Creative Writing Professors Answer More ... - Huffington Post (blog)

Creative Writing Can Be Taught: Creative Writing Professors Answer More ... - Huffington Post (blog) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Creative Writing Can Be Taught: Creative Writing Professors Answer More ...Huffington Post (blog)You can judge that as you wish, but that is not what happens in any college classroom I've observed and it is certainly not what happens in our many...

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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 |