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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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The Writing Process Helps Students Become More Confident Writers | Faculty Focus

The Writing Process Helps Students Become More Confident Writers | Faculty Focus | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
I’ve long been an advocate of student-centered learning and approaching material from a variety of perspectives.

 

In introductory collegiate writing courses, we teach students the writing process. Some texts and programs I’ve used insist that the process has four steps; others, five. The names may vary, but the steps are all important, and the process is recursive. The five that I talk about with my students are Prewriting/Invention, Drafting, Revising, Editing, and Reflecting.

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What Donald Murray taught Donald GravesThe Start of Writing Workshop

Author and education researcher Thomas Newkirk discusses what Donald Murray taught Donald Graves about the teaching of writing and how it applies to the writ...
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How to Use New Media to Teach Writing, Research and Analytical Skills

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The key to teaching new literacy skills is to change the focus of student writing. The written essay developed because it was easy for most people to create using the available pen-and-ink and typewriter technologies. Until this century, audio and video could be created only by the few with access to complex technology.


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Dr. Helen Barrett: ePortfolios for Learning: Evernote for Intermediate Portfolios

Dr. Helen Barrett: ePortfolios for Learning: Evernote for Intermediate Portfolios | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This blog attracts a lot of silent readers. Last November, one of my readers wrote to me with his story of how he was starting to use Evernote for ePortfolios in his grade 3-5 classroom.

 

The teachers assign time to work on Evernote every day, as a way for students to set goals and document their progress toward achieving their goals. On the day I visited, students were able to go to the only lab in the school, to work on their reflections. They preferred doing most of their writing with a regular keyboard, not the tiny keyboard on the iPod Touch, but they used its camera extensively to document their projects. This picture was taken with my iPhone directly into the Evernote app which uploaded to my account on the Evernote website.

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Teaching Students to Be Multimedia Storytellers | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

Teaching Students to Be Multimedia Storytellers | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.


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The New Readers: Digital Reading Skills

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Illuminating the Process of Creating an Illuminated/Kinetic Type Poem | Digital Is ...

Illuminating the Process of Creating an Illuminated/Kinetic Type Poem | Digital Is ... | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Given the limits of the (free) tools I used, I am pretty happy with the results. The technology helped make the poem very different than I would have been as just lines on the page. The animation, and the choice of words that get animated, and the sequencing of animation — plus the audio tracks — really make this a very different kind of poem. While the poem as simple text might stand on its own, outside of the computer screen, the act of giving it a kinetic quality brings the meaning to another level. Or at least, that is my hope as the composer.


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WritingFix: Writing Across the Curriculum

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Look here for a huge archive of writing materials covering all aspects of Writing Across the Curriculum for elementary, middle, and early high school students. 


Welcome to our page of on-line resources for the Northern Nevada Writing Project's highly popular Writing Across the Curriculum (W.A.C.) inservice classes for teachers.


Each year, the NNWP sponsors numerous teacher workshops that focus on W.A.C. Even if you are not in Northern Nevada and cannot enroll in our workshops, we believe you will find the information presented on this page useful, especially if you believe that students who write about content will think deeper about content.

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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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31 Online Resources for Better Writing

31 Online Resources for Better Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Here are 31 online resources to help you improve your writing and become a better writer. No matter what kind of writing you are doing, whether you are a journalist or an entertainment blogger, a student who has to write an essay or someone who wants to become a screenwriter, there are sites on the Internet that can help you out with your writing.
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T.S. Eliot Reads The Waste Land

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T.S. Eliot’s 1922 poem, The Waste Land, is often considered one of the great poems of the 20th century. Above, you can listen to Eliot himself reading his modernist masterpiece (text here). And, if you want more, how about Eliot reading The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, another major work, against the backdrop of Portishead? Sacrilege, I know.

 

You can find both poems in our extensive Free Audio Book collection, which contains hundreds of classic works. Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. It’s all there, and all free..
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The Rise of Text Messaging [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Rise of Text Messaging [INFOGRAPHIC] | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Did you know that 14-17 year-old girls in the U.S. send an average of 100 texts each day? Check out this infographic for more interesting SMS stats and facts.
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How Social Media is Affecting the Way We Speak and Write

How Social Media is Affecting the Way We Speak and Write | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Do you speak "social?" There is a lot of writing out there about the effects of social media on business, marketing, branding and customer services.


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Social Media lets people who have anti-social tendencies have a voice. In other words, shy people aren't as shy when not in social situations. They have a voice and let it out through social networking.

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Keeping a Reading Journal

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You'll find many ways to read a text. But keeping a journal as you read is one of the best ways of exploring a piece of writing. With this process you integrate reading and writing, and find that you can interact with the work more fully. Take in every detail, every description. Try to avoid hasty analysis because it can prevent you from understanding the meaning of the novel as a whole. Remember, to analyze anything fully you must have a complete understanding of it.


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Digitizing an Elementary Writing Portfolio « Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Digitizing an Elementary Writing Portfolio « Moving at the Speed of Creativity | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Sarah can read very expressively, and it was not only fun to review her writing progress over the years tonight, but also remember together many of the things that have happened since we moved to Oklahoma from Texas five years ago. Without a doubt the most touching essay Sarah read tonight was "Yellow Cards." It made us both cry. In it, she recounts a story about Kent Wilson, who was a member of our church and Sunday School teacher who was very dear to Sarah. It is precious to have this story recorded in her voice, at age 10.


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WritingFix Projects: The "Mentor Text of the Year" Network

WritingFix Projects: The "Mentor Text of the Year" Network | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Occasionally a great classroom mentor text is about a topic we're very fond of here at WritingFix: how to write better. A mentor text on this topic deserves to be brought out again and again (and again) in a school year.


Our Mentor Text of the Year program chooses a different book each year that shares advice on writing from a published writer. Teachers users of WritingFix are invited to purchase the text, incorporate it into a writing lesson, then share how they used the book at our Mentor Text of the Year Network. Our favorite ideas submitted to the network will be published here at WritingFix, and teachers whose ideas are published will be sent a complimentary copy of one of the Northern Nevada Writing Project's Print Publications.

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