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Creating Writers: Through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction, 5th Edition Paperback – April 12, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0205619108 ISBN-10: 020561910X Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 5th edition (April 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020561910X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205619108
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

 

From the Back Cover

Vicki Spandel

Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing: Assessment and Instruction, 5/e

 

From Vicki Spandel, the pioneer of 6-trait writing, this fifth edition of our market-leading resource brings everything up to date, offering a comprehensive overview of the best education strategies and philosophies of writing assessment and instruction. It provides clear guidelines on helping students draft, assess, and revise their writing, as well as explicit criteria to show students precisely what they must do to succeed as writers in virtually any situation. With its new lessons, updated rubrics, and inclusion of diverse learners, this book prepares teachers to guide their students to success on state tests and beyond. Give students the preparation they need to become writers for life!

 

Now teachers have access to a new multi-level, research-based series written for the second grade through eighth grade classroom that shows revision in action. Creating 6-Trait Revisers and Editors is the perfect complement to Vicki’s classic text, Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing! To learn more about the new series see the inside front cover.

 

“I cannot name another book that provides such relevant material that is so easy to incorporate into classroom teaching. This text delivers what it promises–it actually surpasses what it promises. A precious jewel for writing teachers!”

–Donna Horton, Hillcrest Middle School, Simpsonville, South Carolina

 

“Vicki Spandel has an authentic voice that speaks to people in the profession. [She] is the strongest part about the text: here is a teacher who really knows her stuff and is, above all, realistic and practical.”

–Tamara Doehring, Melbourne High School, Melbourne, Florida

 

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

 


More About the Author

Vicki Spandel--a writer who is passionate about the teaching of writing--is a former language arts teacher, editor, journalist, and technical writer. She's written a wide range of things (including newspaper columns, college telecourses, journal articles, proposals, advertising--even copy for menus!) but is best known for instructional books that uniquely combine writing process, traits, literature, and writing workshop. Her books are truly conversations with teachers, so she does her best to fill them with practical teaching ideas, humor, and voice.

In 1984, Vicki coordinated the 17-member teacher team (in Beaverton, Oregon)that developed the original, nationally recognized 6-trait model for writing assessment and instruction. Since that time, she has taught trait-based writing to thousands of teachers and students (most of whom were willing), and has served as scoring director for numerous state, county, and district writing assessments.

Vicki is the author of more than 40 books for teachers and students, including Creating Writers, 6th edition and Creating Young Writers, 3rd edition (Pearson); The Creating Revisers and Editors series (Pearson); The 9 Rights of Every Writer (Heinemann); and (with co-author Jeff Hicks)The Write Traits Classroom Kits and Write Traits Kindergarten (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Currently, she makes her home in the tiny picturesque town of Sisters, bordering the breathtakingly beautiful Three Sisters Wilderness area of Central Oregon. She lives in a log house designed by her husband Jerry, goes cross country skiing every chance she gets, visits Maui now and again--where she loves to snorkel, and is working on several picture books, all of them about animals. She's also teaching her eight-year-old grandson Jack to ski, and except for those moments when his skis point in different directions, he's doing remarkably well. (Jack thinks Vicki's improving, too.)


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I recommend this book for all teachers who teach writing.
Julia N. Wiener
The traits provide a common terminology for writing conferences, and help students focus on a specific area that can vastly improve their writing.
K. Downey
I found this book to be very helpful, user friendly, and filled with good information.
Cathy Brooks

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

123 of 124 people found the following review helpful By K. Downey on August 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was written for writing teachers struggling to find a way to help their students improve, and veterans looking for a new approach. The 6 traits are ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. Any characteristic of writing can be placed under one of these traits. The traits provide a common terminology for writing conferences, and help students focus on a specific area that can vastly improve their writing.
This practical, application-based book is filled with instructional techniques, rubrics, guidelines, sample essays, trouble-shooting solutions, mini-lessons, great ideas, and so much more. This was a required text in one of my graduate courses and is now my favorite book on writing instruction. If I could give it six stars, one for each trait, I certainly would.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Diane L. Sullivan on August 16, 2003
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Creating Writers got me charged up and well-prepared for teaching sriting/revision using the 6 Trait model. Spandel writes well, using a combination of research-based information and personal anecdotes to keep the reader's attention. I appreciate the number and variety of samples she included for practice revision/assessment. The samples were, however, not very easy to duplicate for classroom use. The print is too small and there are often two samples on one page, or one sample on several pages. The layout is difficult to work with. Overall, though, the book is excellent. I have been to two training sessions about 6 Traits, but it took Spandel's book to get me hooked and enthusiastic, and made me confident about using the 6 Traits in the classroom.The information deserves a 5 star rating. The format deserves a 2.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "Retired" Educator on July 27, 2005
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This book gives so many examples of the qualities to look for and teach in writing instruction. I especially like the fact that this edition is more inclusive of secondary ideas and samples.

With this book as a guide, it is hard to miss what is important to the writing instructional process. The information is comprehensive and user friendly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Sutter on February 26, 2006
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Spandel's book is an authentic, engaging, and encouraging read for those that teach writing, want help infusing writing, or want to enhance their own writing. It is written conversationally and is well supported with numerous examples. I found it visually appealing as a reader and insightful. (Another review didn't like the visuals because it isn't easy to lift examples "as is" for sharing in class. To that angle I agree, but as a reader the layout is very pleasing.) Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Erin Edmundson on March 18, 2006
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This book offers tons of practical approaches and practice scoring for the 6 Traits of Writing. It is written by a recognized master in the field and has been so helpful.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on November 29, 2000
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This textbook was written by two of the current, foremost people in Six Traits: Vicki Spandel and Richard Stiggins. It covers the information often learned in Six Trait training workshops, but also goes beyond training to teacher instruction, troubleshooting, sharing, and involving parents. Nice work!
This is an excellent text chocked full of advice, checklists, models, and examples of student writing. For the Six Traits teacher, this book belongs in your collection of Six Trait materials.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia J. Prickett on February 5, 2013
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In an academic atmosphere overripe with testing, Six Trait Assessment has been adopted as the most accepted assessment strategy for young writers. Not to unleash any spoilers, but the six traits it suggests form the foundation of assessment include Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. These six encompass all the important aspects of writing instruction.

The book offers sample essays with suggested scores on each of the six traits, ways to tailor the assessment and instruction to various grade levels, rubrics, and activities for test preparation. Creating Writers through Six Trait Assessment provides good footing in testing preparation.
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