6+1 Writing Traits Nancy Ennis nancy_ennis@hcpss.org Technology Resource Teacher Office of Media and Educational Technologies Howard County Christina Hataway

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  • 6+1 Writing Traits Nancy Ennis nancy_ennis@hcpss.org Technology Resource Teacher Office of Media and Educational Technologies Howard County Christina Hataway christina_hataway @hcpss.org Elementary Technology Teacher Waverly Elementary School Howard County
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  • Outcomes By the end of this session, participants will have: An understanding of the 6 + 1 Writing Traits Explored a variety of technology activities supporting the 6 + 1 Writing Traits Access to ready-to-use activities for teaching the 6+1 Writing Traits with technology.
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  • 6 & 1 Writing Trait/Technology Activities and Examples Websites http://staff.howard.k12.md.us/~nancyen http://staff.howard.k12.md.us/~nancyen http://home.comcast.net/~nennis
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  • Agenda Introduction of 6 + 1 Writing Traits Examples of Writing Traits templates using technology Questions?
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  • What are the 6 + 1 traits? Ideas Organization Word Choice Sentence Fluency Voice Conventions Presentation
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  • Trait 1: Idea Development Having quality details is more important than having quantity details Unique idea or approach is being written about Bigger topics are supported by sub-topics Writing centers around a main idea http://writingfix.com/Traits.htm
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  • What is my message? Is my message clear? Did I try hard to make it interesting? Do I have enough information?
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  • Trait 1: Idea Development Inspiration Rapid Fire brainstorming About Me, About Me, Fancy Digital Images: focusing Sea Lions Sea Lion
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  • Trait 2: Organization Strong introduction to the piece of writing Writing comes to a satisfying conclusion Transitions are used to move the idea along logically Paragraphs are written with purpose Introduction somehow links back to the conclusion Title the piece effectively http://writingfix.com/Traits.htm
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  • How does my paper begin? Did I tell things in order? Does everything link to my message? How does my paper end?
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  • Trait 2: Organization Word Storyboard (podcasts)Storyboard Kidspiration: Ideas using images (images from Google Images) Frog Outlining feature Ideas using phrases Spider brainstormingSpider brainstorming SpidersSpiders Venn Diagram/ Graphic Organizers (KidPix, Inspiration, Word)
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  • Trait 3: Word Choice Understands the importance of strong verbs Understands the importance of precise nouns Understands the importance of interesting adjectives Takes risks with words Alliteration or other types of sound devices http://writingfix.com/Traits.htm
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  • Have I used words that I really love? Have I used any new words? Did I try not to repeat words too many times? Can my reader tell what my words mean?
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  • Trait 3: Word Choice Internet: www.thesaurus.com (Website)www.thesaurus.com www.dictionary.com (Website)www.dictionary.com Dictionary/thesaurus (Word)Dictionary/thesaurus SIRS Discoverer (Website) http://www.visuwords.com/(Website)SIRS Discoverer http://www.visuwords.com/ Editing activities (Word)
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  • Trait 4: Sentence Fluency Variety of transitions are used Variety of sentence beginnings are used Variety of sentence lengths are used When reading the writing aloud, the words sound natural Complex and simple sentences are used to promote rhythm in the language http://writingfix.com/Traits.htm
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  • Did I use sentences? Do my sentences begin in different ways? Does my paper sound smooth when I listen to it? Did I use some short and some long sentences?
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  • Trait 4: Sentence Fluency Audio Recorder My First DayMy First Day Power Point Record narration for fluency Book Review (ppt) Audacity/Garageband Student Podcasts Clemens Crossing Elementary SchoolClemens Crossing Elementary School Willowdale Elementary SchoolWillowdale Elementary School
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  • Trait 5: Voice Awareness of an audience Passion towards the topic Devices of style (such as figurative language), when appropriate Capture a tone or mood (including humor) with words, when appropriate Awareness of perspective and point-of- view http://writingfix.com/Traits.htm
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  • Do I really like this writing? Does this writing sound like me? How do I want my readers to feel? My favorite part is ______.
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  • Trait 5: Voice PowerPoint Dog Book dialog Secret Knowledge of Grownups Flipper Page
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  • Trait 6: Conventions Correct spelling, capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and usage Effective paragraphing that strengthens the structure of the piece Use of conventions that adds style and supports the readers understanding of the text http://writingfix.com/Traits.htm
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  • Did I leave spaces between words? Did I use a title? Did I use periods or question marks? Is it easy to read my spelling? Could another person read my paper
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  • Trait 6: Conventions Wiki Eats, Shoots, and leaves Word SpellingSpelling CapitalizationCapitalization Excel If/then
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  • +1: Presentation Audio Recording (Audio Recorder) Audio CD (iTunes) Mothers Day Poems Podcast (Audacity) http://www.podcastforteachers.org/Who'sUsingPodcastingInEducationAndHow.htm#exampleshttp://www.podcastforteachers.org/Who'sUsingPodcastingInEducationAndHow.htm#examples http://www.apple.com/education/profiles/wells/http://www.apple.com/education/profiles/wells/ http://learninginhand.com/podcasting/http://learninginhand.com/podcasting/ Slide Show (PowerPoint) Wiki or Blog Webpage Brochure, Book Jacket (Word)
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  • Book Ideas for 6+1 Writing Traits Conventions Punctuation Takes a Vacation by Robin Pulver Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss Voice At The Dog Park with Sam and Lucy by Daisy Bix Sentence Fluency Wolf by Sara Fenilli Word Choice No Thumpin', No Bumpin', No Rumpus Tonight! by Nancy Patz Hooray for You! by Marrianne Richmond Word Choice/ Sentence Fluency Pumpernickel Tickle and Mean Green Cheese by Nancy Patz Thesaurus Rex by Laya Steinberg Sentence Fluency/ Conventions Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie Secret Knowledge of Grown-ups by David Wisniewski