Converting Rubric Scores to Grades

Posted on January 17, 2017

Ever tried to get a grade from a rubric? Have you attempted to just add up the levels the student scored and divide by the total? Are all the students doing a little worse than you intended?

Reflect, Don't Revise, Before Standardized Tests

Posted on February 17, 2016

As standardized assessments approach, there is great power in having students reflect on their writing without actually revising it. Reflecting allows students to reread a previous writing and question what they would improve.

Building Kid-Friendly Writing Rubrics

Posted on July 13, 2015

When building a rubric for a writing assignment or upcoming project, consider building it with your students. Often teachers make a rubric on their own and then "go over" it with the kids.

Incorporate Persuasive, Informative, & Narrative Writing in PK-1

Posted on March 02, 2015

The CCR standards expect the three modes of writing to be taught at every grade level.It's easy to see how these fit into the middle school or high school classroom or even in the intermediate grade levels. But how do you teach them to kindergartne

Increase Test Success with Academic Vocabulary

Posted on February 06, 2015

A lot of attention is often focused on exposing students to more complex reading passages. But don't neglect preparing them for more complex words within the questions they will be asked. If students don’t understand the question, they can&rs

Seeing the Traits within the Writing Process

Posted on January 23, 2013

We all grew up with the terms of the writing process as part of our schooling--pre-write, draft, revise, edit, publish. But we may not all have learned the purposes and functions of each step or how the 6 Traits fit within them.

Word Connotations Convey Tone in Reading & Writing

Posted on April 25, 2012

The power of word choice goes beyond simply sending a message to someone. We also have to consider how that message will be received and interpreted by the intended audience. This is evident within this short and powerful video.

6-Traits Songs Upgrade

Posted on December 15, 2011

Initially, Elizabeth Werner used Ruth Culham's 6-Traits songs to introduce the writing traits to her students. But her students wanted something more modern. So she listened to popular songs her students loved--and upgraded all the trait songs!

Argumentative v. Persuasive Writing

Posted on December 14, 2011

The adoption of college and career-ready standards has included an addition of argumentative writing at all grade levels. Interpreting expectations among the types of argument (e.g., opinion, persuasive, argument, etc.) can be difficult.

Introducing the 6 Traits

Posted on November 17, 2010

The six researched components of all good writing (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions) need to be introduced to students in a kid-friendly way. Don’t be the only one in the classroom who knows what a "