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Content Areas | Organizing Ideas

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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

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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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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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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:

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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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EDUC 653: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

EDUC 653: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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3 Graduate Credits

Courses for Pre-K through College writing instruction.  

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This unique course gives you a way to build or revise your writing classroom.  Join teachers from around the room for dynamic discussions and resource sharing. 

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5 Steps for Editing Your Own Writing

5 Steps for Editing Your Own Writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Whether you are working on an academic paper like an essay, a dissertation or any other form of writing, editing is a sure way to polish your work. Mistakes in writing are inevitable. Professional writers usually edit their work as many times as possible. It goes without saying that editing is beyond checking for grammar or punctuation errors in writing. It involves rewriting and restructuring a written piece. Many people assume that editing is a daunting task which is untrue. Here are 5 effective steps for editing your own writing.


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Buffy Hamilton: Summer Reading: Cultivating Seed Ideas for Growth in 2017-18

Buffy Hamilton: Summer Reading:  Cultivating Seed Ideas for Growth in 2017-18 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Having the opportunity to teach a middle school course dedicated to writing for 6th, 7th, and 8th grader learners in 2016-17 was a roller-coaster of experiences and emotions, but more importantly, it was also a time of questioning and growth for me as a teacher and a learner.   There was a good deal of trial and error as I tried out new strategies and approaches, but there were also important insights and questions that came from this experimentation.
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Buffy Hamilton has a new blog!  Read it. She always shares insight that helps stoke the passion to teach and learn. 

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6 Writing Techniques for a Professional Research Paper

6 Writing Techniques for a Professional Research Paper | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Anyone can write a research paper with the plotted objectives, alternatives, introductions, contexts, and conclusions. However, not everyone can provide an
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Research writing is a powerful mode. Here are techniques that we all (should have) learned in High School.

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Research Writing Rewired: Composing Using Digital Tools

Research Writing Rewired: Composing Using Digital Tools | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Research papers often get a bad reputation. But we conduct research all the time in our everyday lives. Whether we want to understand civic issues or make a major life purchase, we need research skills to sift through all the information. Research writing skills students practice in the classroom need to transfer to their lives too. The most powerful opportunities for this kind of academic learning to transfer to lifelong skills happens when students have some degree of choice about the topics and texts they will study, are able to socially construct new meaning from shared experience, and to demonstrate their skills in both writing and through other media.
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Excellent article on digital writing tools and research. 

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NCTE Teaching Writing: Lesson Plan Data Base 

NCTE Teaching Writing: Lesson Plan Data Base  | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Search and you will find! 

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A thousand resources from the National Council of Teachers of English. 

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Why are citations important in research writing? – Writing For Research – Medium

Why are citations important in research writing? – Writing For Research – Medium | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Yet the significance of citations goes far beyond energizing and rewarding scientific and academic competition, and for PhDers and early career researchers it is worth briefly enumerating these…

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Citation is part of the research mode  writing.

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Research
 
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"Yet the significance of citations goes far beyond energizing and rewarding scientific and academic competition..."
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Why are citations important in research writing?
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22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times

22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
We go hard for National Poetry Month here on The Learning Network, so you may already be familiar with an earlier version of this piece we started way back in 2010.

But, as The Times kept publishing news and features about poetry and poets, we kept adding more and more ways to teach it, until that old piece started to look downright overstuffed.

Below is a fresh version for 2017, with over 20 ideas for helping even the most verse averse find something to enjoy.

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Poetry!

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Brilliant way of learning literature. Education that brings the beauty to theeducational process.
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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?

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

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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.

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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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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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The single reason why some people can't write, according to a Harvard psychologist

The single reason why some people can't write, according to a Harvard psychologist | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
"Why is so much writing so hard to understand? Why must a typical reader struggle to follow an academic article, the fine print on a tax return, or
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From the book:  The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

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6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers

6 Great Journaling Apps for Teachers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Below are some popular journaling apps we curated specifically for teachers. You can use them to record your ideas and thoughts and capture your daily activities as you live them. You can then share or sync all of your notes across different devices.

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Apps to help build a journaling habit.  When your kids are writing, you write too.  This kind of modeling shows how important writing really is. 

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Humanities + Digital Tools: Lacuna Stories

"Lacuna Stories" is a collaborative annotation platform that empowers students and instructors to engage with course materials, and each other, in innovative and meaningful ways.
For more information, visit http://www.lacunastories.com/
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Great open source tool for online critical reading and collaboration. 

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The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds…

The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds… | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Many famous creatives, writers, innovators and original thinkers of our generation keep journals— for many, it is a creative necessity, for others, a place for exploration, and for some an art form in and of itself.
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Help your students build a life long habit of journaling. 

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SAS Writing Navigator

SAS Writing Navigator | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources in English language arts, math, science, social studies, and Spanish (grades 6-12).
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Could be a useful (and free) online tool for writing instruction.

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5 Student Interactives to Use in Your Class via Educators' Technology

5 Student Interactives to Use in Your Class via 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

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Useful resources!

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Teachers: Inspire Writing Using Social Media and Image Sharing / Creativity-Portal.com

Teachers: Inspire Writing Using Social Media and Image Sharing / Creativity-Portal.com | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Educator and author Hank Kellner discusses strategies teachers can use to inspire writing by using social media and image sharing sites.

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Digital writing ideas.

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Are you a fool for writing? Join us April 1!

Are you a fool for writing? Join us April 1! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Join the Morehead Writing Project on this April Fool’s Day (2017) for a day jam-packed with writing excitement including Mad-Cap Writing, Eckphrastic poetry, and a session with the Red House …
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Inspiration for Aprill 1!

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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 |