S18 EDUC 57150 Six Traits of Writing Model: Teaching & Assessing

S18 EDUC 57150 Six Traits of Writing Model: Teaching & Assessing

2 Credits/Graded/500-Level
Meets State of Alaska recertification requirements
Credit through Alaska Pacific University

Register any time and course is completed at a pace that fits your schedule with one month minimum and a one year maximum.

Course Description
This course, Six Traits of Writing Model: Teaching & Assessing, will discuss why writing is important and why teachers should include writing as often as possible in all content areas. The course will also include practical applications for assessing and teaching writing, including teaching students how to self-assess their own writing. The first chapter of this course will discuss why teaching writing is important and give you an introduction to the Six Traits of Writing Model. Through chapters 2, 3, and 4 we will discuss the elements of the Six Traits of Writing Model. Throughout those elements we will look at practical ways to use this model in your classroom.

Learning Outcomes: 
As a result of this course, participants will demonstrate their ability to:
·         Analyze how to integrate teaching the elements of Six Traits of Writing
·         Integrate assessing the elements of Six Traits of Writing
·         Analyze how to integrate teaching the ideas of writing
·         Analyze how to integrate teaching the organization of writing
·         Integrate assessing writing ideas and organization of writing
·         Analyze how to integrate teaching finding voice
·         Analyze how to integrate teaching word choice
·         Integrate assessing writing voice and word choice
·         Analyze how to teach sentence fluency
·         Analyze how to teach English conventions
·         Integrate assessing sentence fluency and conventions

Course Overview
Chapter 1:  Why Teach Writing?
This first chapter will focus on why teaching writing is important and the development of the Six Traits of Writing Model. Your objectives are to be able to analyze why writing is important in reading and careers, and to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of the Six Traits of Writing Model.

Chapter 2:  Ideas & Organization

Writing is also a way to make our thinking and learning visual and understandable for other people, it gives us a vehicle to explain and refine our thoughts and ideas. In addition to these reasons writing is important, writing is also a form of entertainment. There have been many models for teaching writing, but one that has been part of the educational process for decades is the Six Traits Writing Model and that is the focus of this course. The first two elements of the Six Traits of Writing are Ideas and Organization. This chapter of the course will focus on those two elements.

Chapter 3:  Voice & Words
Now that students have an idea of what to write about and an organizational structure, educators need to help students learn to write with voice and how to choose the best words. The key is to not short change the first two steps: ideas and organization. Those might seem the most tedious, but they are also the most important in having in-depth written products. The next two elements of the Six Traits of Writing are Voice and Word Choice. This chapter of the course will focus on those two elements.

Chapter 4:  Fluency & Conventions

When we talk about sentence fluency, we are talking about the use of a variety of sentence structures to add rhythm and flow to our writing. Sentence fluency is what makes the writing pleasing to read and keeps us interested. The next two elements of the Six Traits of Writing are Sentence Fluency and Conventions. This chapter of the course will focus on those two elements, plus a discussion on writing in various content areas



Examinations
At the end of each course section, you will be expected to complete an examination designed to assess your knowledge. You may take these exams a total of three times. The software will save the last score, not the highest score. After your third attempt, each examination will lock and not allow further access. Your final grade for this course will be determined by calculating an average score of all exams. This score will be printed on your final certificate. As this is a self-paced computerized instruction program, you may review course information as often as necessary. You will not be able to exit any examinations until you have answered all questions. If you try to exit the exam before you complete all questions, your information will be lost. You are expected to complete the entire exam in one sitting.

Course Grading

95% to 100% A (3.7 - 4.0)
90% to 94% A- (3.5 - 3.6)
87% to 89% B+ (3.3 - 3.4)
84% to 86% B (3.0 - 3.2)
80% to 83% B- (2.7- 2.9)
77% to 79% C+ (2.5 - 2.6)
74% to 76% C (2.2 - 2.4)
70% to 73% C- (2.0 - 2.1)
69% - below F

Course Completion Policy
From the date of registration, registrants have a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of one year to complete the course.  Per Alaska Pacific University policy, grades will not be submitted before the 30 day minimum period.

Cancellation Policy
Any and all cancellations of ASDN Distance Education courses, within 30 days of registration, will result in a $90 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued after 30 days.

 

Contact Information

  • Phone: 907-364-3809
    Email: asdn@alaskaacsa.org