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Ted Talks: Novelist Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story - YouTube

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http://www.ted.com Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
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This is a video about finding your cultural voice. It speaks directly to the quest for voice that each writer (young and old) must pursue. 

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Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience

Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
What is new and different in the Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news.

Via Chris Carter, Jim Lerman
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Anyone trained in traits understands the profound relationship between 'audience' and voice.  If the common core helps us teach voice... we all win. 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, September 30, 2013 9:30 PM

This I believe: We are more powerful than we know.

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Style versus Voice in Writing

Style versus Voice in Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Today when I looked at the flashing cursor I reached for one of my many writing books for inspiration and flicked the pages imagining some invisible person said: STOP. The book I picked up was: Lar...
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Exploding Moments and Shrinking Centuries | Student Lessons in Revision with Barry Lane | KET Video

Exploding Moments and Shrinking Centuries | Student Lessons in Revision with Barry Lane | KET Video | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This program provides writing exercises to help students expand small moments in time by using vivid detail, thoughtshots, and snapshots. Alternatively, it also includes exercises for compressing a long period of time into a single sentence or scene.

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Barry Lane does a wonderful job with his video lessons. Inspiring! 

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Christopher Meeks: Finding your voice - making your writing sound like YOU

Christopher Meeks: Finding your voice - making your writing sound like YOU | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Christopher Meeks: Developing a voice in your writing is a notion that passes over me every now and then like the "thung" sound of an error message on my computer. "I should develop a voice," I think. "My voice is off today," I think. "Maybe I should work on that voice thing," I think.

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Kris Emery's curator insight, July 7, 2013 8:05 AM

Write like you talk is great advice that I see everywhere and I agree completely. Saying that, be cautious if you're crap at talking.  Or crap at writing like you talk.  And please punctuate.

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

Modes, Genres, and Formats and the Common Core State Standards | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
At its core, the six-word memoir teaches us to be concise but also introspective. Try describing yourself in six words. Not easy, right?


So how does the six-word memoir make sense in a history class? As a history teacher, I am always looking to integrate my class with as many different disciplines as possible. I also try to turn my students away from being just consumers of information and toward being global creators of everything cool. When I learned that the National Writing Project teamed up with Mozilla to create a Thimble webmaking application for six-word memoirs, I began to realize the potential this could have in my history classes.

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Who said, "Brevity is the soul of wit..." ? 

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6-Traits Resources: Voice and Research Writing

6-Traits Resources: Voice and Research Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

There is an expected research paper voice and while the mode is driven by organization, voice still plays a part in this form of writing.

I'd describe the desired voice in this mode as; authoritative. Other descriptors would be strong, confident, and understanding. Lovitts 2007 p 36

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While the voice of a research report is more constrained, it's there. By helping your students learn to recognize voice you clarify the intent of the writing and help build the concept.


reference:

Lovitts, B. E. 2007 Making the implicit explicit: creating performance expectations for the dissertation. Virginia, Stylus Publishing

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Good for librarians and teachers....

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Always Write: My Teacher/Trainer Homepage

Always Write: My Teacher/Trainer Homepage | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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

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Your Natural Voice as a Writer

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Clues From How the Caged Bird Sings A long time ago, I met a young woman and in our first conversation, it came out that she sang with a choir. I told her I couldn’t sing, and I confided that...
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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Helping Kids Envision Their Audience

6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Helping Kids Envision Their Audience | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Advice from the test Lady:  Know your audience! 


"To help your writers envision this real live audience for their writing, consider having students draw portraits of the Test Lady™ on 11x17 paper. Hang them in the room as a constant reminder that a human being is on the other end of what they will write for the state writing prompt. "

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Have You Lost Your Voice?

Have You Lost Your Voice? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Lost my voice?  I’m not sure I ever found it in the first place.

We hear about finding one’s voice all the time (in the land of writers, that is), but just what does that mean?

Via Jim Lerman
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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.
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Amy Conley's timely and insightful article reminds me of the passion and dedication I've seen working online with writing teachers for over a decade. 


Writing teachers understand the soul.


Feel good about it!

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6-Traits Resources: Teaching Voice to Primary Students by Margaret McKanna

6-Traits Resources: Teaching Voice to Primary Students by Margaret McKanna | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

When it comes to effective teaching and learning, my inclination is to keep it whole. This is especially true in areas of literacy for students whose skills are still developing. Vicki Spandel asks the question:"So why do we study the traits if they're all part of a whole?' and then she answers: "Concentrating on a particular trait helps us see writing through a certain window...helps us appreciate how that trait connects us to others

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Here's a terrific piece on voice from a great teacher Margaret McKanna. Margaret is a recent student in my online class: Teaching and Accessing Writing with the Six Traits. 

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Readers' Theater : PBS LearningMedia

Readers' Theater : PBS LearningMedia | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This group includes two videos highlighting a third-grade readers' theater group as they perform a reading of the book "Thanksgiving at the Tappletons" (by Eileen Spinelli) to improve fluency.
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6-Traits Resources: Voice Archive

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Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits


Here is an archive of all articles tagged voice on this Scoop.it magazine.  You'll find dozens of curated articles on Voice.  Give it a look! 

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Here's a 'course pack' on Vice for those of you interested in how to teach voice in writing. 

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6-Traits Resources: Cynthia Rice on Voice

6-Traits Resources: Cynthia Rice on Voice | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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This reflection was written by Cynthia Rice, an educator and writer living on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She captures the arc of her experience during my online class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the Six Traits. This touching story says so much about the the teaching spirit, that's why I asked Cindy to share it here.

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The Value Of “Mimic Writing” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Value Of “Mimic Writing” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Mimic writing. Students can examine multiple examples of certain writing features through strategies like concept attainment, text data sets, and teacher modeling. Then students can mimic these writing features by creating their own examples. For example, students can examine several Yes and No examples of topic sentences and identify the features of a good topic sentence. Then students can write their own topic sentences and evaluate them according to these features.

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Copying the style of a fine writer tunes the ear to voice and helps the writer become a more mindful reader. 

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

6-Traits Resources: Mode + Audience + Voice = Orgnanization | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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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Does the Common Core Address Voice?

Does the Common Core Address Voice? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

What voice looks like in the Common Core


First of all, let’s be honest. You won’t find the word “voice” anywhere in the Common Core standards for writing or language. But that doesn’t mean the concept isn’t there. There are many words to describe voice: style, tonetechnique, and connection to the audience, among others. And each of these things is emphasized in the Common Core.

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By teaching voice you will be addressing Common Core Concerns.  The trick is articlating how you are hitting the attributes emphasised in the standards.  This article from the Six Traits Gurus will help you see how it all fits. 

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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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J. Peterman Talent Show - Entry Page | Peterman's Eye

J. Peterman Talent Show - Entry Page | Peterman's Eye | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

J. Peterman Talent Show - We are all famous and talented. (At least for 15 minutes.) Here's your chance to win $3000.00

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