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LIFE photo archive hosted by Google

LIFE photo archive hosted by Google | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

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Haiku from Issa

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This website is dedicated to the classic Japanese Haiku poet Issa.  They feature a daily haiku by the master that is sent to your email.  


I like this daily reminder to be in the moment.


Here's one sent today: 


fall quickly, hide
my home village...
mist and cold rain


-Issa, 1816



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10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff | eSchool News

10 ways to change the minds of tech-reluctant staff | eSchool News | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In a recent Question of the Week, we asked our tech-savvy readers: “How do you get tech-reluctant teachers and administrators to use technology effectively?” Here are our readers' top answers.
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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - More Than Happy, Glad, Sad, Mad

6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - More Than Happy, Glad, Sad, Mad | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

If you ask students to identify how a character is feeling in a story, you might hear one of the following three words pop up: happy, sad, mad. Character emotions and traits are not something children automatically understand. To help students with this, we need to be intentional.


Inferencing a character’s feelings or personality traits is complicated. It involves looking beyond the words. It takes time to build this skill in young readers. Making it tangible can help. One way to make it more concrete is to put a face to it. Here are three activities, all of which will help with reading into a character’s personality and emotions.

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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Preparing for the State Writing Assessment

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Many teachers have heard my spiel on the Test Lady™, the woman who scores the state prompt writings. Giving students a person or audience to write to is more motivating than if they think their writing will be scored by a machine. This is what prompted me to invent the Test Lady™--the old lady who reads and scores the state writing prompts. Students are more apt to try harder on this assessment, be more specific, and provide more detail when there is a live person on the other end of the writing.

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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Voice Lesson Plans

6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Voice Lesson Plans | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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

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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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Tag Galaxy : Writing Prompts from the random images of Flickr?

Tag Galaxy : Writing Prompts from the random images of Flickr? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This site asks you to enter a keyword and then assembles a planet of images using Flikr photos.  I entered the word writing and then played with a threeD planet of pictures.  Click on an image and it floats forward.


This could be a great way to prompt journal writing or poetry.  Fun to play with! Use it for some idea generation the next time around! 

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Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston is considered one of the pre-eminent writers of twentieth-century African-American literature.
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21st Century Literacies | National Council of Teachers of English

21st Century Literacies |  National Council of Teachers of English | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In the 1990s, the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association established national standards for English language arts learners that anticipated the more sophisticated literacy skills and abilities required for full participation in a global, 21st century community. The selected standards, listed in the appendix, served as a clarion call for changes underway today in literacy education.Today, the NCTE definition of 21st century literacies makes it clear that further evolution of curriculum, assessment, and teaching practice itself is necessary.

 

Originally published in Feb. 2008, this document remains relevant, particularly for those in the humanities who may see their disciplines as refuges from the imperative to embrace technology. -JL


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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Picture Books to Teach Voice

6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Picture Books to Teach Voice | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Q: I think my students finally understand what voice is, but I don't know how to help them tap into it within their own writing. I'm looking for some picture books that would demonstrate different types of voice and then coordinating strategies to elicit writer voice. Any ideas?

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

6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Target Picture Writing to Improve Sentence Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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

JenniferESL's Channel - YouTube | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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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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 |