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6+1 Trait® Definitions

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Standards: Writing
The 6+1 Trait® Writing analytical model for assessing and teaching writing is made up of 6+1 key qualities that define strong writing. This brief provides definitions and information on the model.

Adolescent Literacy: Addressing the Needs of Students in Grades 4-12

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Standards: Literature • Informational Text • Writing
"This book chapter defines adolescent literacy, summarizes what we know about the literacy skills of adolescent and adults in the U.S., and presents a review of the research on effective literacy...

Digital Storytelling: Extending the Potential for Struggling Writers

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Standards: Writing
While some young writers may struggle with traditional literacy, tapping into new literacies like digital storytelling may boost motivation and scaffold understanding of traditional literacies. Three...

Four Principles Toward Teaching the Craft of Revision

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Standards: Writing
This short article highlights the importance of teaching revision as part of the writing process, and offers strategies and suggestions for teaching this skill to your students.

Implementing the Writing Process

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Standards: Writing
This strategy guide explains the writing process and offers practical methods for applying it in your classroom to help students become proficient writers.

It's Never Written in Stone: The Agony of Revision

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Standards: Writing
How do we teach the beauty of revision when it is such an agony for young writers? Learn how one teacher of writing workshops cajoles revisions from her elementary students.

Learning to Write and Writing to Learn

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Standards: Writing
"This book chapter covers the following topics: The difference between teaching students how to write and how to use writing to learn content, Research review of most effective writing instruction...

National Writing Project: 30 ideas for Teaching Writing

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Standards: Writing • Language
30 Ideas for Teaching Writing offers successful strategies contributed by experienced writing project teachers.

Strategies for Composition and Self-Regulation in the Writing Process

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Standards: Writing
In this article, the authors discuss the importance of self-regulation in the writing process. The authors highlight the need to be goal-oriented, resourceful, and reflective when approaching...

Tech Research Brief: Using Texting to Promote Learning and Literacy

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Standards: Writing
Texting and “text speak” can be used to help build reading skills such as word recognition and phonological awareness. You can also use texting to generate discussions of formal and informal...

Writing for the Web: Blogs and Wikis to Support Literacy

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Standards: Writing
Writing online, through blogs, wikis, or discussion forums, can boost student motivation for writing, and help them learn to adapt writing for different audiences, tasks, purposes, and disciplines....

Writing to Learn

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Standards: Writing
In this Educational Leadership article, researcher/author Robert Marzano suggests a five-step process for using writing as a learning tool in content classrooms. “Although formulaic,” he says, “it...