Pre-Recorded Online Professional Learning Session. This session has been recorded and is available for repeat viewing until the end of 2021.
Presented by: Dr.Ruth Culham, Author and Teacher
Sharing great writing through picture books is a joy for every teacher, regardless of the age of his or her students. However, when we look at the books through the lens of the traits: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions (and presentation), it’s possible to use these same texts to teach students how writing works from the inside out. In this session, participants will sample books that show strength in each of the traits and will learn how to use them to bring energy and enjoyment to the writing classroom right along with building skills that strengthen the work of young writers.
Dr, Ruth Culham, launched a writing revolution with the publication of her book 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, Grades 3 and Up, followed by 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades and Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School, winner of the 2011 Teacher’s Choice Award. Her groundbreaking work with the writing traits is the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion. Ruth has published the bestselling The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing that demonstrates how to read with a writer’s eye to lift the best writing techniques from favorite authors.
Ruth’s newest book, Teach Writing Well, enhances teachers’ professional understanding of teaching writing by unlocking the secrets of revision in its two-part approach: Read the Writing-Teach the Writer. Ruth is a contributor to The Reading Teacher and Educational Leadership. She travels extensively delivering highly energetic and well-received workshops and keynotes. She holds specialty degrees in Library Science and Elementary, Middle, and Secondary English Education.