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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources; Pap/Cdr edition (Jan. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545013631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545013635
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 19 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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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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Use this book all the time in my career as a teacher. I keep giving them away and having to buy new ones for myself.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Teaching writing just got easier! Jan. 4 2010
By Linda Brock - Published on
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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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Where has this book been all my teaching life? Jan. 6 2010
By teachermom - Published on
Format: Paperback
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!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A Must For Every Middle School Teacher! Sept. 19 2010
By Shanna S Nason - Published on
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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!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Must -Have For Every Middle School Teacher! Sept. 9 2010
By M. Kruggel - Published on
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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
Middle School 'Diamond in the Rough!' Sept. 10 2010
By Bridey S. Monterossi - Published on
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Teachers, I have taught middle school for 22 years now, this book is a 'must-have' and refreshing to my old school ways! I have valued Ruth Culham's previous books/workbooks on the traits, and this addition surpasses my expectations by far! Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School makes my job much easier and enjoyable knowing I have a realistic tool to provide numerous student samples and lesson ideas. The CD Ms. Culham adds makes this a 'gem'. In the world of proficiencies, grades, scoring, and teaching...Ruth keeps the wonder and creativity included which makes my rating of this book right up there at the top. I wish our school district would fund a staff development day to hear her speak and help more of us join in the fun of writing, and teaching students to love writing!