Creating Writers: Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction, 5th Edition

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9780205619108: Creating Writers: Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction, 5th Edition

Written by the pioneer of 6-trait writing, this fifth edition brings everything up to date, offering a comprehensive overview of the best education strategies and philosophies of writing assessment and instruction. It provides clear guidelines on helping students draft, assess, and revise their writing, as well as explicit criteria to show students precisely what they must do to succeed as writers in virtually any situation. Because the six traits are so widely used at the state level, many school districts are incorporating them into state standards and state assessments. This book can dramatically help teachers to prepare their students for success on state tests and beyond. Give students the preparation they need to become writers for life!

 

  • New lessons, suggested by numerous teachers throughout the country--all tested and tried with students in the classroom!
  • Lesson ideas connected to sample papers, offering students many opportunities to learn and practice revision skills.
  • Updated rubrics, offering greater clarity and ease of use, including:
    • a teacher favorite, the Leap the River 6-point model, that shows students precisely when and how writing moves from beginning levels (in need of revision) to proficient levels (demonstrating strength).
    • a brand-new 3-level rubric that can be adapted as a 5- or 6-point scale. This model offers students and teachers more flexibility than they have ever had in a rubric, with the descriptive richness of the 5-point scale and the thoroughness and precision of the 6-point.
  • New teacher voices in Chapter 10 to offer a wide range of instructional ideas. The author explicitly identifies key strategies, making this chapter much more user friendly and easy to skim for favorite moments.
  • Spanish translations offered for some key items: "Leap the River" rubric for students, a Spanish student checklist, and--also brand new--Spanish trait summaries for use by teachers in introducing the traits.
  • Strategies for challenged writers–-and for those who need a challenge–-are part of virtually every chapter, from lessons to process to recommendations from teachers. Those who work with struggling writers will gain ideas for making revision small and manageable, while those who work with more advanced students will discover ways to make trait-based writing as challenging as their students can handle.
  • New primary continuums invite even the youngest writers into the trait-based classroom, all while emphasizing instruction, exploration, and discovery–-not assessment.
  • Study group discussion questions and activities offer challenging and diverse ways for study groups or students in a writing class to extend their learning and work in teams. This book is intended to be used by groups who are serious about rethinking and redesigning their writing instruction and who wish to make the six traits part of that plan.
  • Increased emphasis on informational writing appears throughout the book, both in examples and in lessons.

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Vicki Spandel

Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing: Assessment and Instruction, 5/e

 

From Vicki Spandel, the pioneer of 6-trait writing, this fifth edition of our market-leading resource brings everything up to date, offering a comprehensive overview of the best education strategies and philosophies of writing assessment and instruction. It provides clear guidelines on helping students draft, assess, and revise their writing, as well as explicit criteria to show students precisely what they must do to succeed as writers in virtually any situation. With its new lessons, updated rubrics, and inclusion of diverse learners, this book prepares teachers to guide their students to success on state tests and beyond. Give students the preparation they need to become writers for life!

 

Now teachers have access to a new multi-level, research-based series written for the second grade through eighth grade classroom that shows revision in action. Creating 6-Trait Revisers and Editors is the perfect complement to Vicki’s classic text, Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing! To learn more about the new series see the inside front cover.

 

“I cannot name another book that provides such relevant material that is so easy to incorporate into classroom teaching. This text delivers what it promises–it actually surpasses what it promises. A precious jewel for writing teachers!”

–Donna Horton, Hillcrest Middle School, Simpsonville, South Carolina

 

“Vicki Spandel has an authentic voice that speaks to people in the profession. [She] is the strongest part about the text: here is a teacher who really knows her stuff and is, above all, realistic and practical.”

–Tamara Doehring, Melbourne High School, Melbourne, Florida

 

Vicki Spandel has worked as a language arts teacher, editor, journalist, technical writer, and award winning video producer. Since her work developing the original, internationally recognized 6-Trait Model for writing assessment and instruction, she has served as scoring director for more than 75 state, county, and district writing assessments. Vicki is a frequent visitor in writing classrooms, providing coaching on writing, revision, and editing.  Her books include Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing and Creating Young Writers (Allyn & Bacon); The 9 Rights of Every Writer (Heinemann); and The Write Traits series (Great Source Education Group).

 

About the Author:

Vicki Spandel has worked as a language arts teacher, editor, journalist, technical writer, and award winning video producer. In 1984, Vicki coordinated the 17-member teacher team out of Beaverton, Oregon who 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 75 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, second edition (Allyn and Bacon), The 9 Rights of Every Writer (2005, Heinemann), The Write Traits Classroom Kits, Grades 1 through 8, Write Traits Advanced, Grades 9 through 12, and most recently, Write Traits Kindergarten: Bringing the Traits to Kinderwriters (all of Great Source). She lives with her family in the beautiful Three Sisters Wilderness area of Central Oregon.

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