In this amazing kit, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect picture books with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing—ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. The fifth-grade version includes • 6 picture books: Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street; A. Lincoln and Me; Dear Mrs. LaRue; Blood & Gore Like You've Never Seen!; Black Cat; and Francine Fribble, Proofreading Policewoman • Six 16-page teaching guides, each with a step-by-step model lesson, graphic organizers, a scoring rubric, and extension activities; • 12 transparencies; and • 6 colorful teaching posters. Add to this Culham's best-selling professional book, Using Picture Books to Teach Writing With the Traits, and color-coded stickers, and you’ve got a complete resource for teaching with the traits. Best of all, these materials are organized in a sturdy box with hanging folders—one for each trait—for easy, expandable storage that will accommodate trait-based lesson materials for years to come. For use with Grade 5.
Ask successful writers and they'll tell you, the key to writing well is revision. Ask elementary school teachers and they'll tell you, the real challenge of writing instruction is teaching kids how to revise. Ruth Culham is both a successful writer and a writing teacher, and she's discovered how to teach writing and revision in a way that's accessible to both teacher and students: First read the writing, assess it using the traits of writing, then teach the writers and guide revision decisions using traits as a common language and map. This book shows you how to assess and teach writing in a way that's practical and doable--and best of all, see results. Part 1 walks you through the traits of writing and their key qualities, showing step by step how to read students' writing and offer feedback that nudges them forward through the revision process. Chapters will help you address challenges students face within each mode of writing (narrative, expository, persuasive), and provide tools young writers can use to evaluate their own writing and make revision decisions accordingly. Part 2 dives into instruction, offering specific guidance for how to use what you've learned from reading student writing to design lessons that scaffold students toward making their own craft decisions and revisions. In addition, there's an entire chapter devoted to mentor texts that you can use to model traits and key qualities for your students.
Trait expert Ruth Culham has collected, assessed, and annotated a set of 36 student papers that can be used as the focus of trait-based writing lessons. This unique resource also contains a CD with PDFs of all the papers and 12 interactive whiteboard activities that guide students through the key qualities of a paper; students simply press the color-coded buttons at the bottom of each page, and information about the key quality is displayed and the corresponding text in the paper is highlighted. Interactive whiteboard activities on CD! Time-saving resource!
In these amazing kits, writing expert Ruth Culham gives you grade-perfect mentor texts with in-depth lessons to help you teach the traits of writing ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Each kit includes: 6 mentor texts 6 16-page teaching guides, each with four model lessons, student reproducibles, a scoring rubric, and extension activities A CD with mentor-text passages, passages, student reproducibles, and scoring guides. 6 teaching posters perfect for middle school Add to this Culham's best-selling professional book, Using Mentor Texts to Teach Writing With the Traits, and color-coded stickers, and you've got a complete resource for teaching with the traits. Best of all, these materials are organized in a sturdy box with hanging folders -- one for each trait-for easy, expandable storage that will accommodate traitbased lesson materials for years to come. 7th Grade Mentor Texts: After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick The Boy Who Dared by Susan Campbell Bartolli Mythlopedia Oh My Gods by Megan E. Bryant A Drop of Water by Walter Wick The Music of the Dolphins by Karen Hesse Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine
Teaching writing just got easier and more effective because of these sturdy "crates." In them, teachers will find everything they need to help students use the six traits-ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions-improve their writing. Each crate contains an array of materials designed to engage students and enrich their writing experiences, including: * 6 high-interest picture books hand selected for each trait * 6 teaching guides filled with step-by-step lessons, graphic organizers, a scoring guide, and extension activities * Sing-Along Trait Songs, a music CD containing lively, trait-specific songs to share with your students. Includes a "bonus track" on presentation. * 6 full-color 17" x 22" posters contain lyrics to the songs on the CD * Color-coded stickers for organizing classroom libraries and teaching materials *U sing Picture Books to Teach Writing With the Traits: K-2, 112-page resource containing 18 step-by-step lessons and 150 annotations of new and classic books, organized by trait What's more, each crate comes with hanging folders--one for each trait--for easy, expandable storage for years to come. First Grade Picture Books Ideas: When I Am Old With You Organization: Red-Eyed Tree Frog Voice: Dog Breath Word Choice: A Grand Old Tree Sentence Fluency: Whales Passing Conventions: Where Are You Going? For use with Grade 1.
Bring literature to life in the writing classroom! With six all-new mentor texts per grade and 24 time-saving lessons, Ruth Culham’s Trait Crate Plus expands and enriches the reading-and-writing experience. In addition to the valuable features and components of the original Trait Crate, this enhanced edition offers: * An emphasis on modes--narrative, informational, and opinion--to help you address higher standards * A companion website that provides access to dozens of downloadable pages for students, video interviews with children’s authors, and student-friendly scoring guides * Culham’s bestseller, The Writing Thief, which takes a deep dive into the theory and practice of using mentor texts to teach the craft of writing Grade 2 Mentor Texts: Ideas: Tony Baloney Organization: Kenya: A to Z Voice: Detective Blue Word Choice: Gone with the Wand Sentence Fluency: Monster Truck Mania Conventions: The Whales Using fiction and nonfiction children’s books as models, Trait Crate Plus makes teaching writing engaging and relevant through the lessons and activities that inspire complex literacy thinking and learning for every student.
It's been said that good writers borrow while great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Ruth Culham admits to being a writing thief--and she wants you and your students to become writing thieves, too! A major part of good writing instruction is finding the right mentor texts to share with students. Within this book, you'll discover more than 90 excellent mentor texts, along with straight-forward activities that incorporate the traits of writing across informational, narrative, and argument modes. Chapters also include brief essays from beloved writing thieves such as Lester Laminack, David L. Harrison, Lisa Yee, Nicola Davies, Ralph Fletcher, Toni Buzzeo, Lola Schaefer, and Kate Messner, detailing the reading that has influenced their own writing. Ruth's renowned easy-going style and friendly tone make this a book you'll turn to again and again as you guide your students to reach their full potential as deep, thoughtful readers and great writers. There's a writing thief in each of us when we learn how to read with a writer's eye!
Success in school, in work, and in life can be greatly enhanced by the ability to write effectively. And due to the writing process revolution we are gradually improving the quality of writing. The writing process focuses on exploring metacognitively what writers actually do throughout a writing task; how real writers go about constructing texts. Teachers work closely with students, helping them to understand writing as a communication and learning process. The importance of the creation, expression, and comprehension of meaning is emphasized throughout the process. Because writing is a complex process, students need to progress through a number of levels, not necessarily in a linear fashion, to experience the process. Too often students approach writing with a "one and done" mentality, failing to recognize that complex writing cannot be accomplished in a single sitting, in a single draft. We need to help them realize that successful writers are reflective about their writing processes and habits, learning what procedures work best and adapting them to suit particular situations. The best forum for implementing the writing process into the classroom is through a writer's workshop. A typical writer's workshop is a block of time scheduled each day for students to work through the steps in the process. It is important to remember that writing should extend across the curriculum. If a block of writing time can't be scheduled for one day it should be integrated into another subject. Writing should be viewed as a means of communicating and emerge naturally out of other activities. Teachers should make writing so integral to each lesson that the flow of the class is smooth from mental to verbal to written communication. Teachers using the workshop approach do not ignore the product and parts of language. Instead, the product is considered within the process. Grammar and mechanics are taught in the context of use. In the past, the teaching of formal grammar usually displaced some instruction and practice in actual composition. Unfortunately, with our overcrowded curriculum, teachers can't afford to spend excessive class time on decontexualized grammar exercises that involve little or no actual composition. Students should be given daily opportunities to explore writing and create written text for various purposes. We know that writing is a powerful tool that can influence others and clarify one's own thoughts. Teaching the writing process through the workshop approach can give students the key to unlocking this powerful tool. And the activities in this book are designed to help make the process easier for teachers to pick up and implement today. You will find over 200 mini lessons designed to stimulate critical and creative thinking that can be applied to written composition in all phases of the writing process. Students will continue to recognize that adults who use these activities in the context of authentic literacy lessons are those who are committed to facilitating and promoting only the very best of writers.
Author: Nancy N. Boyles
Publisher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: 2007
"Dr. Nancy Boyles integrates literacy instruction and coaching in a step-by-step guide for all literacy coaches. Using the explicit instruction model—and complete with ready-to-use strategies, charts, checklists, protocols, and teaching scenarios—this book guides coaches in: The content of literacy coaching •Setting the stage for literacy learning, building literacy knowledge, and reinforcing literacy knowledge •Creating and managing a literacy-rich classroom environment •Identifying when literacy instruction goes off track The “how-to” of literacy coaching •Adapting techniques to fit teachers' personalities •Intervening with strategies to address common problems •Applying coaching principles •Analyzing literacy instruction through teaching scenarios Dr. Boyles' systematic approach, study guide questions, and coaching scaffolds make Hands-On Literacy Coaching a powerful tool for professional development. An additional interactive component allows coaches to read more about the scenarios and to contribute their own insights online. For literacy coaches, administrators, and teachers of all grade levels."
Author: Adrienne Gear
Publisher: Pembroke Publishers Limited
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
"A wide range of effective writing techniques are outlined and reinforced throughout the book, with suggested "anchor books" for each lesson. The fundamentals of the writing process and the "6 Traits" are integrated into this unique examination of how developing an awareness of the readers' thinking can influence and affect a student's ability to write."--Publisher.
Bring literature to life in the writing classroom! With six all-new mentor texts per grade and 24 time-saving lessons, Ruth Culham’s Trait Crate Plus expands and enriches the reading-and-writing experience. In addition to the valuable features and components of the original Trait Crate, this enhanced edition offers: * An emphasis on modes--narrative, informational, and opinion--to help you address higher standards * A companion website that provides access to dozens of downloadable pages for students, video interviews with children’s authors, and student-friendly scoring guides * Culham’s bestseller, The Writing Thief, which takes a deep dive into the theory and practice of using mentor texts to teach the craft of writing Grade 5 Mentor Texts: Ideas: Buried Sunlight Organization: Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad Voice: The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future Word Choice: Testing the Ice: A True Story About Jackie Robinson Sentence Fluency: Jangles: A Big Fish Story Conventions: What’s New? The Zoo! Using fiction and nonfiction children’s books as models, Trait Crate Plus makes teaching writing engaging and relevant through the lessons and activities that inspire complex literacy thinking and learning for every student.