Creating Young Writers

Series
Allyn & Bacon
Author
Vicki Spandel  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
3
Language
English
Total pages
336
Pub.-date
August 2011
ISBN13
9780132685856
ISBN
013268585X
Related Titles



Description

From highly acclaimed author Vicki Spandel comes the most comprehensive exploration of six-trait writing from the inside out, in terms teachers and their students can understand.

 

In response to primary teachers' requests for ways to use the six-trait approach to writing with K-3 students, this book is the result of years of analyzing primary writing, watching primary writers at work, and talking with teachers and students to see just how the traits show themselves in the work of our youngest writers.

 

Unlike other books on the six traits, this one shows teachers exactly how to teach traits in context, as an integral part of writing process and writing workshop. Together, these three elements-traits, process, and workshop-combine to place young writers on a path of unprecedented success.

 

Designed to give practicing and new teachers a more in-depth understanding of 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.

Features

The most comprehensive exploration of Spandel's effective six-trait approach to writing for K-3 teachers, this highly popular guide includes:

 

·         Thorough explanations of writing process and writing workshop expressed in practical, teacher-friendly terms.

 

·         Clear guidelines for helping young students draft, self-assess, and revise their writing.

 

·         Explicit criteria to show students precisely what they must do to succeed as writers in virtually any situation, including state tests.

 

·         Numerous and diversesamples of actual student work with guidelines for assessing that work.

 

·         Countless lesson ideas suitable for K-3 students.

 

·         Recommended books for teaching key traits of writing at the primary level.

 

·         Specific examples of how to model writing for students.

 

·         Explanation of how revision looks and works at the beginning levels.

 

·         Continuums focusing on what beginning writers CAN do including a positive assessment option for virtually any writer.

 

New to this Edition

A total reorganization makes this new third edition even easier for teachers to work with.  Vicki Spandel walks readers through trait-based instruction from Day 1, and presents information in a way that makes it understandable and accessible for teachers. 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  

Back Cover

Build young writers' competence and confidence with Vicki Spandel's 6-Trait approach!

 

In this widely used book, new and experienced K-3 teachers get 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 teachers 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.

 

The treasured resource for fostering early writing skills just got better!

A total reorganization makes this new third edition even easier for teachers to work with.  Vicki Spandel walks readers through trait-based instruction from Day 1, and presents information in a way that makes it understandable and accessible for teachers. 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.

 

 

“In Creating Young Writers, Vicki shows teachers how to look at any piece of writing and focus on the power and strengths within. The shared language of the craft she creates with terms like organization, leads, fluency, detail, and many others offers students and teachers both increased understanding of how writing works and a sense of control over that writing. Knowing the craft helps keep the ball in their court. It builds confidence-one of the best foundations for skill . . . .

 

In this book, you will find numerous samples of fiction and nonfiction books to help you and your students learn from master authors. In addition, you'll find practical writing lessons that combine traits with writing process, and numerous authentic student samples that show ideas, voice, fluency, and other features of strong writing emerging in the work of our very youngest writers. At a time in the United States where mandated testing has tempted too many of our veteran and first-year teachers to turn to formulaic writing instruction for quick answers, Creating Young Writers comes as a precious antidote: real writing instruction that can motivate students and boost test scores without deadening spirits.

 

Vicki Spandel is a writer who teaches writing. If you read her book carefully and follow its philosophy, you are likely to find yourself going further as a writing teacher than you ever dreamed you could. As the title suggests, you will create a class of writers, and one important member of that class will be you.”

- From the Foreword by Barry Lane

 

“If you believe that writing can rock the world, then this is your book. If you believe primary students are writers, that they communicate important ideas through their words and art, this is your book. If you can hardly wait to see and hear what your writers have to tell you next, then this is your book. Welcome to a celebration of primary writing.”

- From the Preface by Vicki Spandel

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.

Reader Review(s)

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 Teacher
Windcrest Elementary
North East ISD
San 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 Flood

Part-time Faculty

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN


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