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Creating Young Writers: Using the Six Traits to Enrich Writing Process in Primary Classrooms, 3rd edition

  • Vicki Spandel

Published by Pearson (August 8th 2011) - Copyright © 2012

3rd edition

Overview

Creating Young Writers: Using the Six Traits to Enrich Writing Process in Primary Classrooms, 3/e gives new and experienced K-3 teachers the most comprehensive guide available to using the highly popular six-traits approach to writing. Well-respected author Vicki Spandel presents an in-depth look at the writing process and how it connects to the six traits, while encouraging them to write continuously with students and model their own personal writing process. The book is a goldmine of activities, strategies, and lesson ideas ideal for use in the K-3 classroom or as part of a study group.

 

Here’s what’s new:

 

·         NEW! All information pertaining to a given trait–rubrics, papers, lessons, and book recommendation–appears in one place.

 

·         NEW! Primary writing guides have been revised to make assessment easy.

 

·         NEW! Advanced writing guides for young writers who are ready are now included.

 

·         NEW! Trait-inspired lessons systematically build skills in prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.

 

·         NEW! Brand new book recommendations include suggestions for linking reading and writing.

 

·         NEW! New lessons specifically designed to make modeling simple and comfortable–even for new teachers.

 

·         NEW! Each new sample paper has its own lessons to teach.

 

·         NEW! Specific suggestions show how to make workshop and process work in your particular teaching style.

 

·         NEW! New and expanded discussion questions and activities at the end of each chapter make this edition ideal for use as a classroom or study group text.

 

·         NEW! Keys to Success suggestions embedded within each chapter help teachers make the most of every strategy or lesson.

Table of contents

Coming Face to Face with the Six Traits

Where Do the Six Traits Come From?

Creating a Vision of Success

It’s All About Language

The Six “Keys to Good Writing”

Ideas: The Message  

Organization: Design

Voice: Fingerprints on the Page  

Word Choice: Phrasing            

Sentence  Fluency: Rhythm and Flow 

Conventions and Presentation: Preparing to Publish

Where Should I Begin?

CHAPTER 1 IN A NUTSHELL 

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES 

Coming Up  

Setting the Stage 

What does writing workshop look like?

In Judy’s Writing Workshop

Focus on Student Writers 

Opening Lessons

Conferences

Sharing

It must be working

Connecting Traits to Writing Process

Planning 

Drafting 

Conferences

Sharing

Revising 

Revising a Sketch

Revision Strategies for Young Writers                              

Editing

Publishing

Speed Week

Three Published Examples

CHAPTER 2 IN A NUTSHELL

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES 

Coming Up  

Tracking Down Ideas

Teaching Ourselves First

Teacher 6-Point Writing Guide  

Primary Writing Guide 

3 Parts to a Writing Guide Continuums: Another Way to View Writing 

The Importance of Art

What to Look for–and What to Say

Looking Inside Writing

CHAPTER 3 IN A NUTSHELL

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES 

Coming Up 

Teaching Ideas within Writing Process

When do I teach the traits? How much time do I spend?

Which trait do I teach first?

5 Ways to Teach IDEAS

Teaching IDEAS Conceptually 

Ideas as Imagination and Observation  87  n  Ideas as Pictures in the Mind  

Ideas as Messages 

Ideas as “Something to Write About”  

Lessons & Strategies for Teaching IDEAS 

Modeling Suggestions for the Trait of IDEAS  

Some of the Best Books Around for Teaching IDEAS  

CHAPTER 4 IN A NUTSHELL  

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES 

Coming Up  

Spotting Organization 

Teaching Ourselves First  

Teacher 6-Point Writing Guide  for Organization 

Primary Writing Guide for Organization 

Continuum for Organization  

What to Look for–and What to Say  

Looking Inside Writing  

CHAPTER 5 IN A NUTSHELL  

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES 

Coming Up 

Teaching Organization within Writing Process

Why teach organization as the second trait?  

5 Ways to Teach ORGANIZATION  

Teaching ORGANIZATION Conceptually  

Organization as Order  

Organization as Grouping  

Organization as Planning  

Organization as Sculpting

Lessons & Strategies for Teaching ORGANIZATION  

Modeling Suggestions for the Trait of ORGANIZATION  

Some of the Best Books Around for Teaching ORGANIZATION  

CHAPTER 6 IN A NUTSHELL  

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES  

Coming Up  

on the Hunt for Voice

Teaching Ourselves First 

Teacher 6-Point Writing Guide  for Voice  

Primary Writing Guide for Voice  

Continuum for Voice  

What to Look for–and What to Say  

Looking Inside Writing  

CHAPTER 7 IN A NUTSHELL  

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES  

Coming Up  

 Teaching Voice within Writing Process

Why voice matters  

5 Ways to Teach VOICE  

Teaching VOICE Conceptually  

Voice as Metaphor  

Voice as Individuality 

Voice as Art

Voice as Mood  

Lessons & Strategies for Teaching VOICE  Modeling Suggestions for the Trait of VOICE  

Some of the Best Books Around for Teaching VOICE  

CHAPTER 8 IN A NUTSHELL  STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES  Coming Up in Search of Word Choice  

Teaching Ourselves First  

Teacher 6-Point Writing Guide  for Word Choice  

Primary Writing Guide for Word Choice  

Continuum for Word Choice  

What to Look for–and What to Say  

Looking Inside Writing 

CHAPTER 9 IN A NUTSHELL  STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES 

Coming Up  

Teaching Word Choice within Writing Process

What are we teaching when we teach word choice?  

5 Ways to Teach WORD CHOICE  

Teaching WORD CHOICE Conceptually  

Word Choice as Meaning

Word Choice as Weight 

Word Choice as The Target  

Lessons & Strategies for Teaching WORD CHOICE 

Modeling Suggestions for the Trait of WORD CHOICE  

Some of the Best Books Around for Teaching WORD CHOICE  

CHAPTER 10 IN A NUTSHELL  

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES 

Coming Up 

stalking Sentence Fluency 

Teaching Ourselves First  

Teacher 6-Point Writing Guide  for Sentence Fluency 

Primary Writing Guide for Sentence Fluency 

Continuum for Sentence Fluency  

What to Look for–and What to Say  

Looking Inside Writing  

CHAPTER 11 IN A NUTSHELL  

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES  

Coming Up  

Teaching Sentence Fluency within Writing Process

What are we teaching?  

5 Ways to Teach SENTENCE FLUENCY  

Teaching SENTENCE FLUENCY Conceptually  

Fluency as Dance and Rhythm  

Fluency as Personal Poetry  

Fluency as “Come Alive” Poetry  

Lessons & Strategies for Teaching SENTENCE FLUENCY 

Modeling Suggestions for the Trait of SENTENCE FLUENCY  

Some of the Best Books Around for Teaching SENTENCE

     FLUENCY  

CHAPTER 12 IN A NUTSHELL  

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Coming Up 

Celebrating Conventions & Presentation 

Teaching Ourselves First  

Teacher 6-Point Writing Guide  for Conventions & Presentation 

Primary Writing Guide for Conventions & Presentation  

Continuum for Conventions & Presentation  

What to Look for–and What to Say 

Looking Inside Writing  

CHAPTER 13 IN A NUTSHELL  

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES 

Coming Up   

Teaching Conventions & Presentation within Writing Process

What are we teaching?  

5 Ways to Teach CONVENTIONS & PRESENTATION  

Teaching CONVENTIONS & PRESENTATION Conceptually 

Conventions as Customs  

 Conventions as Courtesy  

Presentation as Packaging and Design  

Lessons & Strategies for Teaching CONVENTIONS &

     PRESENTATION 

Modeling Suggestions for the Trait of CONVENTIONS &

     PRESENTATION 

Some of the Best Books Around for Teaching CONVENTIONS &

     PRESENTATION  

CHAPTER 14  IN A NUTSHELL  

STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES  

Coming Up  

 assessing Young Writers Well 

Three Levels of Assessment  

Level 3: Large-Scale Formal Assessment  

Level 2: Classroom Assessment  

                            Level 1: Personal Assessment

Making Assessment All It Can Be  

At the Large-Scale Level  

Making Assessment All It Can Be  

At the Classroom  Level  

The Dreaded Grades  

Final Thoughts  
CHAPTER 15  IN A NUTSHELL  STUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES  SOURCES CITED  

Appendix  Connection Between College- and Career-Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing and the Six Traits of Writing

Index  

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