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6-Traits: Archive of Organization articles

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Here's an archive of articles about the Organization Trait.

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I've been collecting articles about the six traits for years.  Here is a curated group of articles about Organization. 

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Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology

Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There are dozens of great brainstorming and organizing tools available on the web to help students prepare for writing assignments and develop their
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The writing process begins with IDEAS for good reason: this where we find the topics that inspire us!

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:46 AM

Common Core would have kids useing graphic organizers....

Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:54 PM

Graphic organizer can help writers with organization and logic flow.

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Essay Map

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An online writing wizard that will help; your students map out their essays one step at a time.

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Writing: Linking the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of ORGANIZATION

Writing: Linking the CCSS for Writing with the Trait of ORGANIZATION | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Organization: ordering ideas to make them both clear and interesting. We’ll define the trait, link it to the CCSS for writing, and suggest favorite books to use as mentor texts in teaching important elements of Organization—including leads, endings, and transitions.


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Creating an Analytical Paragraph: Use the four-column chart to find patterns.

Close passage analysis demo: finding patterns in your observations. Based on The Book Thief.
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Always Write: My Teacher/Trainer Homepage

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Corbett Harrison's website.  Filled with useful resources for writing teachers.

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About WritingFix: Our Bibliography of Mentor Texts in the "Going Deep with 6 Trait Language" Guide

About WritingFix: Our Bibliography of Mentor Texts in the "Going Deep with 6 Trait Language" Guide | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

A Bibliography for Teachers Interested in the Going Deep Guide: In 2006, the Northern Nevada Writing Project (sponsor of this free-to-use website) published a 196-page resource for teachers: The Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide.


The guide features trait-specific lessons and resources designed to help all students use 6 trait language better as they explore the act of writing. Many of the guide's lessons and resources cite awesome picture and chapter books as examples of powerfully crafted text to show and discuss with students. Many Northern Nevada school libraries made sure they had all cited books from the guide available to their teachers.

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The Writing Center | The Drafting Process: Improving Organization

The Writing Center | The Drafting Process: Improving Organization | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

If you've improved your introduction and conclusion by making some changes, or if you've expanded and refined sections in the body of your paper, it's a good idea to consider whether the changes you've made might require some slight reorganization of the paper.

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Writing: Logical and Effective Organization -- Six Traits Assessment Structure Leads Endings

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Teaching That Makes Sense offers tools, training, and technology support for K-12 schools in reading, writing, math, test preparation, and assessment.
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Unwrapping the 6-Traits with Primary Writers: Organization | Scholastic.com

Unwrapping the 6-Traits with Primary Writers: Organization | Scholastic.com | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This week, I will focus on the writing trait of organization. I love to teach about organization this time of the year. My students have been writing for six months (at different stages and levels of course), and many are ready to work on organizing their writing. Here are are some lesson ideas that can help get your students writing more organized!

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WritingFix: Organization Resources and Lessons

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Writing Traits: Teaching the Skills of Organization
teacher-created resources and lessons...all focused on skills that make up the organization trait


Organization is a complex trait that should be discussed, explored, and further developed every year that students learn to write in school; both kindergartners and high school seniors can be taught to think about developmentally appropriate skills that are associated with organization. This page contains organization lessons and resources that we consider appropriate for sharing with third graders and up. If you are working with primary writers and the six traits, be sure to visit WritingFix's 6 Traits and Primary Writing Homepage.

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Modes, Genres, and Formats and the Common Core State Standards

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Hardly a week goes by that I’m not asked about the differences between modes, genres, and formats.  I admit, it’s pretty confusing out there when you try to sort it out on your own.  Here is how I keep the terms separate in my work–I hope it helps you, too.

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This thoughtful article will help define terms we encounter as we dig into the traits.  Modes of writing and genres of writing carry expectations as to format and audience. This will determine voice and organization.  


For good measure we need to consider the Modes of writing that are highlighted by the Common Core Standards. 

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6-Traits Resources: Outlining: Before or After? - Choice is the answer~

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"One method I use to teach organization is outlining the paper after the first draft. I ask students to write an outline of their paper if it is poorly organized and if they don’t see the lack of organization. "

~ Kathleen Sommers - Teaching and Assessing Writing with the Six Traits, Spring 2013

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6-Traits Resources: Mode + Audience + Voice = Orgnanization

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The problem with rote memorization of a writing organizational formula is that it has no context.  The kids don't understand why they are using the form.  They just memorize the basics and stumble on. This usually means they know they need five paragraphs: 1 intro 3 body 1 concluding.  Hardly a universal formula for organizing writing. But that's what is usually taught (and often nothing else.) 

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Here's a brief essay inspired by a conversation in my Online writing class

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CarloMaria Grassi's curator insight, February 28, 2013 3:41 AM

that interesting ... 

Nicole Bitar's curator insight, March 3, 2013 9:09 AM

What a great way to organize writing for our students! 

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The power of a great introduction - Carolyn Mohr

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Never underestimate the power of an intriguing start. When analyzing the literary greats like Charles Dickens and Kurt Vonnegut, be inspired by their craft and learn how to write a tantalizing introduction and strong thesis
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WritingFix Quick Post-it Page: Organization

Organization mini checklist

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Kim's Korner: Patterns of Organization

Kim's Korner: Patterns of Organization | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

There are several ways to organize your writing. Not every pattern will work for every writer or for every piece of writing. It is important to organize the writing in an order that is interesting, but more importantly it must be logical. In other words, it has to make sense to the reader. Everything must fit together, much like the pieces of a puzzle.

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Farr-Out Links to Learning » Organization Trait

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Lots of ideas and suggestions for teaching organization! 

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Expository Writing Requires Writers to Make Logical Choices

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What constitutes a logical order for a piece of expository writing depends entirely on writer's goal. There is no one organization that fits all nonfiction.
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The Right Prompt | Huffington Post

The Right Prompt | Huffington Post | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Palo Alto HS senior Luaren Wong discusses why over-reliance on the 5-paragraph essay in writing classes can be detrimental. Very well done. -JL

 

"Put simply, complete emphasis on traditional, expository writing is unacceptable because even seniors in the highest English lane in one of the highest-ranked, highest-achieving schools in the country are left unprepared. We are unprepared for a future where writing more often than not consists of quick reports and write-ups, persuasive pitches and creative presentations -- in other words, a world that does not require an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. In a society whose roots are increasingly in innovation and imagination, and where those making an impact now are those thinking far outside the box, it makes no sense to keep us inside it."


Via Jim Lerman
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6-Traits Resources: Organization: Ruth Culham

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A poem about Organization from the 6 + 1 traits of writing: the complete guide By Ruth Culham

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Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors - Flavorwire

Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors - Flavorwire | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Being the literary nerds that we are over here, we’re obsessed with everything about our favorite authors, and particularly the little scraps of writerly intention — things that give us a view into an author’s thought process and planning technique, or even just a peek at the way they see and order the world. Plus, we like to see that authors work out their thoughts with forced attempts at organization and scribbled-out ideas just like the rest of us.
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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 |