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Why Writing Studio?

Why Writing Studio? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The Writing Workshop is a time-honored tradition among writing teachers trained in National Writing Project methods as well as followers of Peter Elbow, Lucy Calkins, and Nancy Atwell. In a writing...
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Writing Matters

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Today Deb Gaby and I finished leading the third day of a three-day Foundations of Writing Workshop training. At the end, we asked for reflections.
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The NVWP Talks Writing Centers on National Writing Project Radio

The NVWP Talks Writing Centers on National Writing Project Radio | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
On February 28, 2013, site leaders and writing center conference coordinators from the NVWP will discuss the power of student-run writing centers with the National Writing Project onNWP Radio. The one-hour radio show, titled “Investing in Leadership: Student-Run Writing Centers
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WritingFix: Beginning a Kindergarten Writers Workshop

WritingFix: Beginning a Kindergarten Writers Workshop | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

This unit was created by Jodie Black, who uses it during September with her kindergartners.

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The WritingFix comes through again1 

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Modeling Writing Workshop

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Modeling writing workshop in other teachers’ classrooms is a significant part of my day to day life. I’m constantly in other teachers’ classrooms learning alongside them about teaching writers. Sometimes when something becomes part of your daily grind, you forget how remarkable it really is.
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Writing Peer Review TOP 10 Mistakes

"4th and 5th graders show how NOT to conduct a peer review. Show this video to your class to help them make better use of peer review opportunities. Please visit http://www.timbedley.com for more teaching ideas. I understand that "real" peer review is done by the scientific community. However; in my elementary school class we stole the term to refer to a one-on-one critique of each other's writing."


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Sarah Waters - On Writing 10 tips

Sarah Waters - On Writing 10 tips | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
1.  Read like mad. But try to do it analytically – which can be hard, because the better and more compelling a novel is, the less conscious you will be of its devices.
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Evidence-based practices for teaching writing

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By Amy Gillespie and Steve Graham

 

"The list of recommendations presented below is based on scientific studies of students in grades 4–12. The strategies for teaching writing are listed according to the magnitude of their effects. Practices with the strongest effects are listed first.... All of the strategies are potentially useful, and we encourage teachers to use a combination of strategies to best meet the needs of their students."


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Writing Workshope: beginning Procedures

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I’m a believer in routine. When writing workshop is predictable everyone is able to work more efficiently. It takes several weeks to build the procedures necessary to create the culture of wr...
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Writing Workshop worksheets and writing printables

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Printables and worksheets for writing and the Writing Workshop. Also includes journal prompts for the entire school year.

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WritingFix: Jodie Black's Units for Kindergarten Writers Workshop

WritingFix: Jodie Black's Units for Kindergarten Writers Workshop | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

My name is Jodie Black, and I’m talking only to kindergarten teachers here! Are you a kindergarten teacher? Do the children in your cla ssroom write? Do you feel you understand what appropriate expectations for kindergarten writing are? Do you feel confident about your writing instruction? I didn’t always, but I’m getting there. Here are some ideas that might help you. If you think like I do, maybe some information at this location will be helpful to you. Below, you will find three of my beliefs about the teaching of writing:

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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 Prompts - Resource Topics - National Writing Project

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This resource archive from the NWP provides articles going back to 1979.  It all fits today! Worth a visit and a few bookmarks.  ~ Dennis

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Becoming Your Own Expert—Teachers as Writers - National Writing Project

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Summary: In this 1985 piece, Tim Gillespie argues that teachers need to write so that their teaching of writing can be "based on knowledge we have earned ourselves. . . . We don't need to give up our curriculum to experts. We can just watch ourselves write."

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The time you spend writing with your student can feed your soul as a writing teacher, while it clearly demonstrates to your students how imporant writing really is.  If the teacher takes time to do it, students know it's important!

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Always Write: Purchase Materials from my Teacher Workshops

Always Write: Purchase Materials from my Teacher Workshops | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett Harrison:


These are resources from my classroom and my teacher workshops that I sell here on-line to fund this little website of mine.

I started out as just a little old Northern Nevada teacher-trainer in 1996. Many years later, I am proud to say that I have now presented teacher workshops and student demonstration lessons in seventeen different states. I have also sold materials from all my trainings to all 50 of the 50 United States, as well as to Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Central America, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

At my face-to-face workshops for teachers, I freely share and discuss every resource that can be found on these various pages of my website. My work with the Northern Nevada Writing Project taught me this generosity. I have been given to countless times by amazing teachers, and so I freely give back to the teachers with whom I work directly.


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Here's the chance to support Corbett's work and get great classroom tested writing materials at a very good price.  

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A Fresh Start (In the Middle)

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One of the things I love about teaching is the opportunity for a fresh start. No matter how the day goes, we get to start over the next morning.


Sometimes a fresh start is just what writing workshop needs. Now is a good time to evaluate how things are going…and perhaps start fresh. Here is a little procedure check list I made to help you think through the procedures and routines of your writing workshop.

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Ideas for your writer's workshop.

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TeachersFirst - Writer's Workshop - Grade 3

TeachersFirst - Writer's Workshop - Grade 3 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Introduction - Mini-Lesson - Class Status - Write and Confer - Sharing
More Writing Ideas - Web Resources - References


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Not sure how to structure writer's workshop for a primary classroom?  Look here for common sense advice. 

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TeachersFirst - Writer's Workshop - Introduction

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Writer's Workshop is an interdisciplinary writing technique which can build students' fluency in writing through continuous, repeated exposure to the process of writing.


Teachers can introduce elements of Writer's Workshop at any elementary grade. Ideally, however, the process begins in Kindergarten.

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Tips for Young Writers

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Story Starters

Ideas for Revising

Using Writer's Notebooks


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Writing: When Experience Molds Your Teaching – the What, the Why and the How | The Inspired Classroom

Writing: When Experience Molds Your Teaching – the What, the Why and the How | The Inspired Classroom | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Exeter (NH) high school teacher Kristina Peterson reflects on how to make writing a meaningful experience for her freshmen. A warm and thoughtful piece, with good advice. -JL


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Making Writing about Fiction “Authentic” | Powerful Learning Practice

Making Writing about Fiction “Authentic” | Powerful Learning Practice | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Rachel Small, a 5th grade teacher in New Hamphsire, chronicles her struggles with mandated, rubric-driven, writing responses to fiction and how they contribute, in her view, to limiting (rather than expanding) students' writing.

 

She offers some alternatives that she believes open students up to writing more authentically, for a real audience. -JL


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Kairos 16.2: Bowie, Podcasting in a Writing Class - Overview

Kairos 16.2: Bowie, Podcasting in a Writing Class - Overview | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Welcome to “Podcasting in a Writing Class? Considering the Possibilities,” a multimodal project exploring podcasting as a part of a writing class. This text has two main components: a hypertextual webtext and a six episode podcast series. I encourage you to listen to the podcasts and explore the webtext to experience the full article. I focus on the practice of podcasts in our writing classes.

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Figment: Write yourself in. For teachers!

Figment: Write yourself in. For teachers! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"Welcome Educators! With our unique writing platform and engaged community of passionate teen readers and writers, Figment is a natural teaching tool.

"And so Figment offers special features developed just for you to use with your students, including exclusive author programming, writing prompts, and private group functionality, where you can create a virtual writers’ workshop for your classroom.

"Learn more about how to use Figment in your class in our video promo. Then sign up for a free Figment educator account."


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Ms. Noonan: Making Students into Better Writers

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From The Teaching Channel

 

Madeline Noonan, a 5th grade teacher, meets with all of her students individually during writer's workshop. In each conference, she specifically identifies strengths and two goals. In this 5-minute video, observe her interacting with and giving feedback to one of her better writing students.

 


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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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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 |