Using Benchmark Papers to Teach Writing with the Traits: Middle School
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Using Benchmark Papers to Teach Writing with the Traits: Middle School

Student Writing Samples With Scores and Explanations, Model Lessons, and Interactive Whiteboard Activities for Teaching Revision and Editing Skills

ISBN: 0-545-13840-X

by Ruth Culham with Linda Brock

Trait expert Ruth Culham and her colleague Linda Brock have culled student papers from diverse middle school classrooms to bring you this unique trait-based teaching resource. In it, you'll find six papers per trait, spanning the grading continuum from low to high, with detailed annotations explaining the thinking behind the scores. All comments are directly linked to the scoring guides, also included in the book. The papers can serve as benchmarks for assessment and as models of strong and not-so-strong writing to share with students.

Capitalizing on this wealth of student work, Ruth provides whole-group and small-group model lessons based on the papers, along with tips for using the papers during conferences. And for the first time, Ruth presents interactive whiteboard activities. She has selected one high and one low paper per trait and created interactive PDFs to guide students through the key qualities of each trait. Now it's easier than ever to share sample writing with students and clearly show what works and what doesn't in a piece of writing.

Grades 6-8, 96 pages + CD


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