Ohio Resource Center
K–5 Resource Collections
Supplemental Resources for Teaching Writing
This folder contains collections of professional readings, assessment tools and writing resources to enhance instruction. The components of the Six-Trait Writing approach and scoring guide are also included.

Graphic Organizers (ORC#: 699)

This resource provides a gallery of graphic organizers useful for teaching reading and writing processes. These graphic organizers, designed to help students visualize information in a clear, concise way, are easily adapted for use with fiction and nonfiction text. The graphic organizers at this website are described based on the thought processes each is intended to support. Definitions and general instructional strategies accompany each graphic organizer. (author/ncl)

The Revision Toolbox [excerpt]: Chapter 3, "Revision Toolbox: Words" (ORC#: 4814)

In this excerpt, Georgia Heard addresses the importance of teaching students revising strategies. Often students are being asked to "add more detail" or "describe how the character is feeling," but they do not have the strategies to make these improvements in their writing. The author defines revision as seeing and then reseeing our words, training our eyes and ears to to know what good writing sounds like and learning and practicing strategies that will make a difference in our writing. Several strategies are well explained and sample lessons are included in this excerpt. (authors/aec)

Conferring: The Essential Teaching Act (ORC#: 5204)

In this chapter, the authors explain the importance of conferring during writing workshop. They also show how to effectively implement conferring into classroom writing instruction, while stressing that the time a teacher spends conferring with students about their writing is valuable to building important learning relationships. These conferences provide individual teaching time for showing students that they are considered writers who do important work. The authors differentiate between teaching and troubleshooting during the writing conference, and they describe four parts of a writing conference.(authors/aec)

Revising and Editing: Using Models and Checklists to Promote Successful Writing Experiences [excerpt]: Chapter 1, "Drafting in the Computer Age" (ORC#: 6026)

This full-chapter excerpt from Les Parsons' book, Revising and Editing: Using Models and Checklists to Promote Successful Writing Experiences, targets the need to teach revision and editing skills, even in this computer age of advancing technology. The author provides a thorough discussion and definition for "editing" and "revising," then elaborates through a look at the "culture of editing." His text includes ways to teach the drafting process (teachers modeling the writing process as writing mentors, writing supervisors, and writing editors) as well as ways in which students respond as student writers (students as "emerging dependent[s]," "transitional independent[s]," and maturing interdependent[s]"). Provided, too, are classroom models for transforming students' writing as they move through these roles and stages of the drafting process. Helpful, too, is a passage about "The Use of Writing Folders in the Drafting Process." Here Parsons delves into how writing folders are an integral part of the programming, teaching, and remediation in revising and editing. The end of this chapter includes a user-friendly checklist for students' revising and editing. (author/bebrown)

Writing Anchors: Explicit Lessons That Identify Criteria, Offer Strategic Support, and Lead to Ownership of Writing [excerpt] (ORC#: 4811)

This comprehensive handbook shows teachers how to build a foundation for writing with effective lessons that are the key to powerful writing workshops. Writing Anchors demonstrates how to create a supportive classroom, model writing experiences, and create enthusiasm for writing among students. The practical lessons explore the major elements of writing, with explicit strategies for teaching the major forms of writing:

Informational writing--detailed descriptions of ways to take and organize notes, use text features, and create reports that have voice; Poetry and personal writing--language choice, imagery, using the senses, and finding the personal pulse of the writer; Narrative--extends writing skills with lessons on story sequence, problem solving, and character development.

The lessons form "metacognitive anchors" that build an understanding of the elements of powerful writing. Each lesson comes with an anchor cue card that prompts students to apply their growing understandings independently in writing workshops and in assessing their own writing. In addition, the book provides more than thirty effective tools that are ready to copy and use in the classroom--writing checklists, rubrics for assessment, graphic organizers, note-taking grids, semantic maps, story maps, tips for proofing, and student examples collected from elementary to middle level classrooms. (author)

Twenty Actions (ORC#: 1521)

This writing activity uses observation to generate ideas for writing. Students reflect on their everyday actions and record them in writing journals. Each idea represents the seed of an idea for a poem or other original writing. Sample lists and a poem from one of the actions provide a model for instructors. (Author/ncl)

Six Traits of Writing
This folder contains the scoring guide and component information for the Six-Traits of Writing approach.