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National Writing Project Receives $11.3 Million Grant | Department of Teaching & Learning

National Writing Project Receives $11.3 Million Grant | Department of Teaching & Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Funded under the Supporting Effective Educators Development (SEED) program was the National Writing Project. Based in Berkeley, Calif., the NWP will use its $11.3 million grant to train 3,000 K-12 teacher-leaders in the teaching of writing, who will then conduct professional development for teachers in local schools and districts in all 50 states.

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Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits
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6-Traits Resources: Online Class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

6-Traits Resources: Online Class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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EDUC 653 Middle School through Adult 6-Traits Writing Instruction

EDUC 654 PK Through Elementary 6-Traits Writing Instruction
 

Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing:

 

  • voice
  • ideas
  • word choice
  • organization
  • sentence fluency
  • conventions
 
Do you want to engage your students and build a great writing program? This class provides a plethora of practical methods and inspirational ideas.  
 

 

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Traits Graduates! Help Us Spread the word about this incredible course!

 

What You Will Learn

 

  • How to organize and enhance your writing program
  • Practical classroom methods for teaching writing with each of the 6-Traits
  • How to maximize the reading and writing connection
  • Multiple ways to teach revision and editing skills
  • Time-saving assessment and feedback strategies
  • How to score student writing using 6-Traits rubrics
  • How to integrate technology into the writing process
  • Connections between the 6-Traits, Common Core and writing across the curriculum

 

Who Should Enroll?

  • ESL/ELL teachers
  • Middle school and high school English and language arts teachers
  • Elementary teachers
  • K-12 teachers interested in writing across the curriculum, special education teachers
  • Technical and community college writing instructors
  • Curriculum coordinators

 

You may enroll in this course for

  • professional development
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits
  • transfer credit to another university
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Immersion into Poetry with Centers

Immersion into Poetry with Centers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Third grade poetry centers are one way to immerse students in the different literary devices and figurative language we find in poems.
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Poetry opens doors to language. Make it part of your classroom.
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Student-Generated Real-Time Word Clouds |

Student-Generated Real-Time Word Clouds | | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Who doesn’t love a colorful word cloud? But what I don’t love is the time it takes to input all of the words to create one. My motto is that students should do the work in our classroom, not me. Well, I work a little, but I don’t want to do the lion’s share of the work. The person doing the work is doing the learning, so my students do the heavy lifting in our classroom. That’s why I was so excited when I discovered Mentimeter!
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Here's a clever idea for a blended classroom. It's a dynamic way to get students working together online in realtime.  

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Educating for Democracy: What We Can Do :: National Writing Project

Educating for Democracy: What We Can Do :: National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"...we are thrilled to announce the new Educating for Democracy Deep Dive developed by the Teaching Channel and the Civic Engagement Research Group at the University of California, Riverside. The Deep Dive is a curated collection of videos accompanied by educational resources, blogs, and articles related to preparing youth for civic and political life in the digital age. It provides educators with the opportunity to see key aspects of civic learning and digital media learning in action. It also provides avenues for educators and their students to explore the ways in which our civic, political, and digital lives are inextricably linked in the 21st century.

"For example, there are videos and resources that highlight various ways educators can integrate civic learning in line with the following essential questions:

-INVESTIGATION & RESEARCH: How do I help students research issues that matter to them?
-CIVIC KNOWLEDGE: How do I help further students’ civic knowledge and understanding?
-DISCUSSION: How do I help students have productive discussions about current and controversial issues?
-VOICE: How can students voice their perspective on issues that matter to them?
-ACTION: What are effective ways to take action in the digital age?
-LEARN MORE: Where can I learn more and find resources?"


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The I Am From Project - National Writing Project

The I Am From Project - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This conversation with George Ella Lyon and Julie Landsman, hosts of the I Am From Project, is about countering divisions of race, culture, and background through poetry, artwork, videos, music, and dance.
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Interesting project for interesting times.  Look here for some classroom writing inspiration. 

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AV Lecture: Understanding Voice

AV Lecture: Understanding Voice | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

We begin with Voice, because more than any other trait, it seems to intimidate or confuse teachers and parents. Voice: What is it? Can it be taught? How do we explain Voice to the parent who says, "I never had it when I was in school!"? to edit the content

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Here is a lecture from my online class: EDUC 653-654 Teaching and Assessing Writing

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6+1 Trait Writing Lesson Plans: Organization

6+1 Trait Writing Lesson Plans: Organization | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
6+1 Trait Writing Lesson Plans on Organization.

 

How many times have you reviewed beginning of the year essays and felt frustration and rising panic as you see page after page of scribbled words with no paragraphs, no titles, and only the most rudimentary sense of sentence structure? Where do you begin? Unschooled student writing can be overwhelming and daunting to the most experienced teacher. However, if you understand the 6+1 Traits TM system, you will know what to do and how to go about it.

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Here's an in-depth lesson planning resource to help you teach the trait of organization. 

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30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Few sources available today offer writing teachers such succinct, practice-based help—which is one reason why 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing was the winner of the Association of Education Publishers 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Materials.
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Great writing teacher advice from Writing Projects around the country.  Don't miss this!

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Your Story, Our Story

Your Story, Our Story | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This national project uncovers the patterns that bind us, no matter where we came from or how long we’ve been here. Explore stories from across the country, upload the story of an object that carries meaning in your family, and join us in telling the story of American immigration and migration.
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Know your history. Share your story.

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Teachers Should Be Writers

Teachers Should Be Writers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Writing isn't that hard. We can all do it, one word after next, little baby steps until a whole thought is complete. Writing so people will care is pretty darn difficult though, especially in an age where we are constantly besieged by words and ideas on email, social media and whatever news sources are best at forcing themselves in front of our eyes.

Still, the need is there. In fact, there has perhaps not been a more important time for educators to share their stories.

I've been writing about teaching heavily for the last five years, and I've learned things. I've learned the things that have been the difference between having a few people read a piece and a few hundred thousand. I've learned about the honest desire from many to hear directly from teachers as well as the desire of some to use teacher voices for their own needs.

I've learned about haters, and I've learned how amazing it is to hear how you've impacted or supported a colleague you've never met before.

So, then, here are some quick lessons to think about when you are ready to share your stories and ideas more broadly, whether you are thinking of submitting to a website, starting your own blog, or sending in a letter to the editor. Let me know when they're done; I'd love to read and share them.

Things to do:

Via Jim Lerman
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How do you define "writing teacher'?

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10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills

10 Tools & Resources for Developing Writing Skills | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
A blog about the use of educational technology in language learning and teaching
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So many tools so little time. 

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4 Tasks and 4 Tools for Creating Digital Narrative | World of Better Learning | Cambridge University Press

4 Tasks and 4 Tools for Creating Digital Narrative | World of Better Learning | Cambridge University Press | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Nik Peachey shares some of the tools you can use to help your students tell their own exciting stories through digital media, plus fun tasks to help develop their narrative abilities further. 
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Help your students tell their stories.

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Listen Write Read

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LISTEN, WRITE AND READ Sentences for Sight Word Dictation is a collection of the specific sentences I used for this instruction, arranged by grade level. A series of five activity books provide students with an illustration of each sentence. The illustrations were designed to have universal appeal to students of all ages. The illustrated sentences have been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Modern Standard Arabic, and Russian.

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LISTEN, WRITE AND READ Sentences for Sight Word Dictation  is a handcrafted approach to teaching reading and writing. Multilingual editions.  Quality work. 

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No Monument: A Poem From a Teacher - National Writing Project

No Monument: A Poem From a Teacher - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Type: Resource
Educator, poet, and NWP Writers Council member, Shirley McPhillips, reflects on a legendary English teacher who taught her that the written word has the power to make sense of the world, and to foster human connection and joy.
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A daily dose of NWP is an immunity boost for your teaching spirit.
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The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best World Poetry Day Resources – Help Me Find More | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
UNESCO has declared March 21st to be World Poetry Day, and I thought I’d bring together a few related resources — some which I’ve already posted about in the past and others that are new:
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Spring and All!  World Poetry Day

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Rethink Your Grading Practices |

Rethink Your Grading Practices | | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
This year I have posted several blogs about grading and assessment. I encouraged teachers to stop taking grading home for two simple reasons:
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If you are stuck in a grading rut, buried under a load of papers, here's a strategy that could give you back some precious time.

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NWP Newsletter: Imaginary Friends, Social Practices Framework, Defining Political Equality, & more!

NWP Newsletter: Imaginary Friends, Social Practices Framework, Defining Political Equality, & more! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Latest news from the National Writing Project.

 

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Latest newsletter from the National Writing Project. 

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6+1 Traits Writing Resources: Online Course for Teachers

6+1 Traits Writing Resources: Online Course for Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Fresh resources to help you teach and assess writing with the 6+1 Traits!  Links to lesson plans, sample papers, mentor texts, and our online graduate course in teaching and assessing with the traits. 

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Well organized and recently refreshed resources from wiredinstructor. 

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Lanise Jacoby: Flash of the past: 6 Traits Resources

Lanise Jacoby: Flash of the past: 6 Traits Resources | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Lanise Jacoby has a vintage page of great resources about six traits writing. Oldies and Goodies galore! 

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Lanise Jacoby has a vintage page of great resources about six traits writing. Oldies and Goodies galore! 

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28 Awesome Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing - WeAreTeachers

28 Awesome Anchor Charts for Teaching Writing - WeAreTeachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process. Here are 25 of our favorite anchor charts for teaching writing.
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I remember seeing the young writers in my classroom glancing up at the wall charts as they worked.  Anchor Charts are a great tool.  See this site for inspiration and ideas. 

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Some of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - Educators Technology

Some of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - Educators Technology | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Via Cindy Rudy, John Evans
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Seem like a natural treasure chest to me! 

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Marci Milius's curator insight, December 13, 2017 10:45 AM
Good resource!
stephanie vanderlaan's curator insight, December 13, 2017 1:57 PM
Can't wait to try these.
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The uncertain future of handwriting

The uncertain future of handwriting | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In an age where our children swipe, pinch and tap on smartphones and tablets from birth, is the “hand” in “handwriting” about to be removed forever? And are there any benefits to good old-fashioned pen and paper: artistic posterity, cognitive benefits, or something else?

Via Nik Peachey
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Is it the end of handwriting? I recall a group of English teachers angrily predicting the end of writing as we know it IF they allowed word processors into the mix. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 13, 2017 12:37 AM

Can't remember the last time I used a pen.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 25, 5:43 AM
The uncertain future of handwriting
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Quest - Write text adventure games and interactive stories

Quest - Write text adventure games and interactive stories | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Quest lets you make interactive story games. Text adventure games like Zork and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Gamebooks like the Choose Your Own Adventure and Fighting Fantasy books. You don't need to know how to program. All you need is a story to tell. Your game can be played anywhere. In a web browser, downloaded to a PC, or turned into an app. Get started now for free, or find out more below.
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Sounds like great fun for a team writing project. 

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11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description

11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Are your characters dry, lifeless husks? Writing effective description is the secret to breathing new life into them. Author Rebecca McClanahan shares 11 secrets.

Via Lynnette Van Dyke, Jim Lerman
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Make your characters real with vivid descriptions.

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50 of the Best Websites for Writers

50 of the Best Websites for Writers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There are tons of reference sites on the web that can help you find a job or write a poem, essay or story. Here is a list of the best 50 websites for writers.
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Lots of resources! 

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Interactive Story Wwriter: inklewriter - Education

Interactive Story Wwriter: inklewriter - Education | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
inkle is looking to bring interactive stories to the classroom, and give teachers free and simple get-stuck-right-in software to use with their students.
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I recall using a floppy disk based program on the Apple //e to create interactive stories with my young writers.  Here's a modern version of that idea! 

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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 |