Creating 6-Trait Revisers and Editors for Grade 6: 30 Revision and Editing Lessons

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Vicki Spandel

Creating 6-Trait Revisers and Editors for Grade 6: 30 Revision and Editing Lessons

Challenge students to be daring, creative, and confident revisers with the help of writing expert Vicki Spandel! Based on its highly successful parent texts, Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing and Creating Young Writers, this new grade-level series offers a fresh approach to strengthening revision and editing skills in grades two through eight. Each research-based volume includes a wealth of interactive lessons based on samples of problematic writing that students revise or edit in teams, with a follow-up coaching discussion led by the teacher.

What’s the best way to teach sixth graders to revise and edit? With focused lessons designed especially for them. These 15 revision lessons and 15 editing lessons stress a process approach that spotlights one kind of problem at a time, making revision manageable for sixth graders at all ability levels. Clear illustrations, samples, and step-by-step instructions for each lesson show teachers precisely what writing skill to focus on--how to introduce it, present it, and reinforce it in future writing.

“This book gives classroom teachers exactly what they need…what revision and editing lessons should look like in their classroom…[This] is a great companion to Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing book. I can’t wait to share this new resource with teachers.”

-- Dena Harrison, Language Arts Teacher/Department Chair, Mendive Middle School, Sparks, NV

“Concept and techniques are clearly written and…[allow] educators to peruse quickly through a lesson and chose which levels are [appropriate] for their students.”
Rebecca Zieminski, Literacy Coach, Marlborough Intermediate Elementary, Marlborough, MA

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, 5e and Creating Young Writers, 2e, (Allyn & Bacon); The 9 Rights of Every Writer (Heinemann); and The Write Traits series (Great Source Education Group).

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"As a teacher-leader, I recommend Vicki Spandel's materials to fellow teachers, local, county, and state administrators, college professors, and student teachers. Her books, teaching guides, and podcasts never fail to impress educators from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. Most importantly, her materials show students of all grade levels how to become stronger authentic writers."

- Barbara Andrews, A.C.Stelle Middle School, Calabasas, CA

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Meet 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 (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.
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Table of Contents

Welcome 1

Why do we need to teach revision differently? 2

What if I have never worked with the traits before? 2

The 6 Traits in a Nutshell 3

Trait 1: Ideas 3

Trait 2: Organization 3

Trait 3: Voice 3

Trait 4: Word Choice 3

Trait 5: Sentence Fluency 3

Trait 6: Conventions 3

How are the lessons organized? 4

Specific Lesson Format and Timelines 5

What if our changes do not agree with the suggested text? 7

Do these lessons fit into a writing workshop? 8

What can I do to make these lessons more effective? 10

Note to the Teacher 11

Student Writing Guide, Grade 6 15

Bibliography: List of Books Referenced for Grade 6 Lesson Set 18

Lessons tor Grade 6 20

1 Revising a Character Sketch 20

2 Commas in a Series 31

3 Revising with the 5 W's 35

4 Commas in a Compound Sentence 46

5 Revising a "How-To" Piece 50

6 Run-On Sentences 61

7 Putting It All Together (Editing Lessons 2, 4, and 6) 77

9 Revising by Chunking 81

10 A Dash of Emphasis 93

11 Revising with a Cliffhanger 97

12 Nonessential (but interesting) 108

13 Revising from Within 112

14 Now for a Brief Pause 123

15 Revising with Informational Voice 127

16 Putting It All Together (Editing Lessons 10, 12, and 14) 139

17 Revising a Complaint Letter 142

18 You May Quote Me 153

19 Revising with Descriptive Clout 158

20 Freedom of Speech 169

21 Revising by Trimming 173

22 New Person, New Paragraph 184

23 Revising with the Just Right Word 188

24 Lie or Lay 199

25 Revising to Go Parallel 203

26 Confusing Little Words 214

27 Revising with Repetition 219

28 Avoiding Double Negatives 230

29 Revising Dialogue with Tension 235

30 EditingWrap-Up for Grade 6 246

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