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Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School [Paperback]

Ruth Culham
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Jan. 1 2010 Theory and Practice (Scholastic)
The traits have revolutionized the way writing is taught. And nobody knows the traits better than Ruth Culham, who has written over 25 books and conducted countless workshops for teachers of all grades. Now, Ruth turns her expert eye to middle school. The Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School contains classroomtested materials developed just for teachers of grades 6-8. Brand-new scoring guides, scored sample papers, Think Abouts, warm-up exercises, focus lessons, and activities for each trait, organized by that trait's key qualities, make it easy to assess writing and deliver targeted instruction. With CD of reproducible forms that is compatible with interactive white boards. - The most comprehensive guide to trait-based teaching in middle school - An all-in-one resource for building a writing traits classroom, from the ground up - Useful trait-focused tips and tools that enable middle school teachers to hit the ground running - Research-based strategies, presented in a friendly, encouraging tone

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Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School + Reproducible Forms for the Writing Traits Classroom: Middle School: Checklists, Graphic Organizers, Rubrics, Scoring Sheets, and More to Boost Students' Writing Skills in All Seven Traits + 100 Trait-Specific Comments: Middle School: A Quick Guide for Giving Constructive Feedback to Writers in Grades 6-8
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for teachers! Nov. 14 2012
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This book is excellent for teachers who are teaching middle school. The lessons Culham gives are creative and relevant for students today and they are receptive and engaged by them! I highly recommend you get this book if you are looking for an effective way to teach writing skills to your students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching writing just got easier! Jan. 4 2010
By Linda Brock - Published on Amazon.com
Teachers, if you are wondering how to spend your Christmas gift cards, stop now and get this book! I loved Ruth Culham's previous book on the traits, but Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School surpasses its predecessor in both content and usefulness. Ruth summarizes current research on writing, explains and illustrates each trait, provides numerous student samples and lesson ideas, and lists mentor texts for each trait. But she doesn't stop there! She includes a CD filled with mode-specific strategies, lessons, and student-friendly scoring guides, all ready to use. All of it is written in Ruth's warm, witty style, which makes this book fun to use.

With this one book, Ruth is saving me hours of time--time I previously spent typing sample papers, time creating lessons and warm-ups, time reformatting lessons for my Smart Board. With the CD included, Ruth is giving us the equivalent of three or four books--what a deal! Our district purchased a book for every communication arts teacher; it's really that good.

Take some time to preview this book. You will be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where has this book been all my teaching life? Jan. 6 2010
By teachermom - Published on Amazon.com
Thank you, Ruth Culham! Recognizing the dearth of materials for the upper grades, she's actually done something about it. The scored student papers are already proving invaluable, and the cd that's included is full of more papers, and scoring guides (yes!) that are easy for printing or just viewing. I've waited years for a book like this, and all I can say is it has surpassed my expectations. A must-have for all middle-school teachers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must For Every Middle School Teacher! Sept. 19 2010
By Shanna S Nason - Published on Amazon.com
I have been teaching 6th grade for 5 years and I was ecstatic when Ruth Culhams's Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School (Theory and Practice) was released last year. My earlier elementary versions were dog-eared and manipulated to apply to my middle school writing environment. With this new release I have found it to be extremely targeted and well designed for grades 6,7,8. My students love to read and score the included writing samples, and the warm-up exercises are very age appropriate and are great writing starters for young teenagers. I would highly recommend Ruth Culham's Middle School Trait book as well all of her supplemental publications...NO SCHOOL DISTRICT SHOULD BE WITHOUT THIS WRITING SERIES!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must -Have For Every Middle School Teacher! Sept. 9 2010
By M. Kruggel - Published on Amazon.com
Ruth Culham has again written a book that revolutionized the way writing is taught in schools.

Now with her new Middle School release specifcally for grades 6 through 8, this thoughtful, entertaining book will help your students become better writers than they ever thought they could be.

With scored sample papers and brand new scoring guides, this wonderful book will help not only you as a teacher, but also help your students 'get it' when it comes to writing.

It even comes with a handy CD so you can print forms off of it.

Buy this book! No disappointments.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Old is New Again Sept. 11 2010
By Middle School Teacher - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I have read Culham's previous books and have had experience with the "traits" before, I found this particular edition to be a wonderful resource. The difference is that it is geared towards the 6, 7, and 8th grade population. As any middle school teacher knows, finding resources that address the unique needs of "those in the middle" can be challenging. This book provides tons of writing models that you can use right out of the book or adapt to create your own depending on the needs and level of your class. Additionally, there is a CD packed with writing models, rubrics and support materials. I teach in a school that offers little flexibility and I have found ways to sneak in these superb writing strategies and still adhere to my school's rigid curriculum.
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