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Creating Young Writers
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Coming Face to Face with the Six TraitsWhere Do the Six Traits Come From?Creating a Vision of SuccessIt's All About LanguageThe Six "Keys to Good Writing"Ideas: The Message Organization: DesignVoice: Fingerprints on the Page Word Choice: Phrasing Sentence Fluency: Rhythm and Flow Conventions and Presentation: Preparing to PublishWhere 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 WorkshopFocus on Student Writers Opening LessonsConferencesSharingIt must be workingConnecting Traits to Writing ProcessPlanning Drafting ConferencesSharingRevising Revising a Sketch Revision Strategies for Young Writers Editing PublishingSpeed WeekThree Published ExamplesCHAPTER 2 IN A NUTSHELLSTUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES Coming Up Tracking Down IdeasTeaching Ourselves FirstTeacher 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 SayLooking Inside WritingCHAPTER 3 IN A NUTSHELLSTUDY GROUP: INTERACTIVE QUESTIONS AND ACTIVITIES Coming Up Teaching Ideas within Writing ProcessWhen do I teach the traits? How much time do I spend?Which trait do I teach first?5 Ways to Teach IDEASTeaching 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 SculptingLessons & 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 VoiceTeaching 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 ACTIVITIESComing 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 AssessmentMaking 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

About the Author

Vicki Spandel has worked as a language arts teacher, researcher, editor, journalist, technical writer, and award winning video producer. In 1984, Vicki coordinated the 17-member teacher team out of Beaverton, Oregon, that developed the original, internationally recognized 6-trait model for writing assessment and instruction. Since that time, she has served as scoring director for more than 80 state, county, and district writing assessments, and has developed instructional writing materials for students K through college. She is a frequent visitor in writing classrooms, providing coaching on writing, revision, and editing. Vicki is the author or co-author (with Jeff Hicks) of more than 30 books for teachers and students, including Creating Young Writers, 2nd Edition (2008, Allyn and Bacon), The 9 Rights of Every Writer (2005, Heinemann), The Write Traits Classroom Kits, Grades 1 through 8 (Great Source Education Group), Write Traits Advanced, Grades 9 through 12 (Great Source), and most recently, Write Traits Kindergarten: Bringing the Traits to Kinderwriters (2008, Great Source). She lives with her family in the beautiful Three Sisters Wilderness area of Central Oregon, where she is currently working on several picture books.

Reviews

Third Time's a Charm Is it possible that one book could serve as a quick, easy to use resource for just about everything a primary teacher needs to know about writing instruction? After reading Vicki Spandel's Creating Young Writers: Using the Six Traits to Enrich Writing Process in Primary Classrooms (3rd ed.), I'm starting to think this might be the one. True to form, Spandel continues to open our eyes to the most important concepts about teaching writing, but in the third edition of this trusted resource, she does so while seamlessly weaving the six traits together with the components of writing workshop, writing process, and authentic literature. In this edition, we encounter Spandel's familiar voice of knowledge and reason, as she takes us back to the roots of the six traits, clearing away the cobwebs collecting on those old rubrics and inviting us (giving us permission?) to celebrate real, true writing in all its forms - and in the products of our young writers . In doing so, she reminds us that - as valuable as rubrics and terminology may be - our best instructional decisions still rest in the hearts and writing of the children sitting in front of us every day. To readers of Spandel's other works, this will come as no surprise. So, then, what's new in the 3rd edition? Lots! For starters, the entire book has been redesigned, making it more user friendly than ever, and the organizational structure is completely different. In this edition, everything about a single trait is grouped together, making finding specific information faster and easier. Two chapters are dedicated to each of the six traits - one that clarifies the trait followed by a chapter that gives practical ideas for integrating it into your workshop and process instruction. Spandel scaffolds our own learning as she shows us how to model writing and highlights what we need to look for (and say!) when exploring the concepts of each trait with our learners. Spandel includes a new feature - perfectly placed side bar notes called "Keys to Success" - where she shares useful tips and thoughts to help you stay focused and on target. You'll also notice stronger conversations about the writing process and the writing workshop sprinkled throughout the new edition. And, if you're like me, you'll appreciate the revised primary writing guides and continuums as well as the addition of writing guides for our youngest writers who aren't yet ready for the traditional ones from the second edition. Reading the 3rd edition of Creating Young Writers is like revisiting an old friend who's just back from college. The same, familiar companion, but wiser for the time away. Updated with new sample papers, book recommendations, and study group reflections, this book is a must have. Whether you're new to writing instruction or you're checking back in for a tune up, you'll feel an instant connection with an author who knows her stuff and knows how to deliver it well. And, when she's done, you'll walk away content that you've invested your valuable time wisely and empowered to apply your new learning to your daily writing instruction. Terry Thompson Instructional Intervention TeacherWindcrest ElementaryNorth East ISDSan Antonio, Texas
A Must Have You'll want to place the name of this brand new title at the top of your holiday shopping list: "must have." This book is the perfect gift for the professional library of individuals who work with young children. Vicki Spandel's latest and greatest work once again reflects Vicki's masterful skills when writing about writing. What a talent! She's created an easy-to-follow format so that the textual organization makes learning about the traits almost easy--enjoyable, entertaining, exciting. New samples of student writing (sometimes with original art) permeate various explanations and narratives throughout the text. One of the greatest assets you'll find in the 3rd Edition: new writing guides designed to make assessment at primary level both easy and age-appropriate. Along with more emphasis on children's literature using various trade books from Vicki's workshops, this text will prove to be very beneficial to you within the context of a number of scenarios: if you are a professional educator or para-educator involved in instructing young children; a day-care provider working with little ones; a staff developer needing support for early childhood workshops; a principal wanting to enhance your school's professional library; or if you are the leader of a study team wanting to learn how to do a better job of teaching writing at the primary level. Creating Young Writers will fill the bill and provide you with invaluable insights about teaching writing to young children! Enjoy your learning! Vicki makes the journey fun! Donna FloodPart-time FacultyCapella UniversityMinneapolis, MN

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