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Seminar Schedule

Tues., March 5, 2019

Lindner Campus Commons

8:00 a.m. Coffee and tea with pastries
8:30 a.m. Seminar Begins
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
12:00 - 12:45 p.m. Lunch Provided
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Dessert Break
3:30 p.m. Seminar Ends

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 8 a.m.
Lindner Campus Commons - Judson University

Handout for March 5, 2019


Ruth Culham on the Day:

"Imagine if there was a simple, logical, and practical way to organize your writing instruction to include everything important about writing process, writing traits, writing modes, and writing workshop while also meeting Standards. Sound impossible? It’s not. In the morning, we’ll focus on how to integrate best practices and develop a robust, comprehensive, and doable writing framework that creates fluent, confident writers at every grade. In the afternoon, we will learn how to use texts to bring energy and enjoyment to the writing classroom while building skills that strengthen the work of young writers."

About Ruth Culham

Ruth Culham, Ed.D., 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.  

Learn more about Ruth.


Author of...
Teach Writing Well

Teaching Writing Well

Ask successful writers and they’ll tell you, the key to writing well is revision. Ask elementary school teachers and they’ll tell you, the real challenge of writing instruction is teaching kids how to revise. Ruth Culham is both a successful writer and a writing teacher, and she’s discovered how to teach writing and revision in a way that’s accessible to both teacher and students: First read the writing, assess it using the traits of writing, then teach the writers and guide revision decisions using traits as a common language and map. This book shows you how to assess and teach writing in a way that’s practical and doable—and best of all, see results.


Dream Walkers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture

We dream of a time when all students will be confident, capable readers and writers. When we teach students to read as writers using mentor texts, we awaken that dream and make it real. Imagine the power of providing students with books that show them their faces, their culture, their lives on every page. And imagine how every classroom’s collection of mentor texts can grow by adding books that celebrate diversity. In "Dream Wakers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture," Ruth Culham focuses her love of children’s literature—and her decades of work developing the traits of writing—on books that celebrate Latino life and culture. She provides a wide variety of ideas to teach writing using some of the richest and most beautiful children’s books available.

The Writing Thief

The Writing Thief

It's been said that good writers borrow while great writers steal. Writing thieves read widely, dive deeply into texts, and steal bits and pieces from great texts as models for their own writing. Ruth Culham admits to being a writing thief—and she wants you and your students to become writing thieves, too! A major part of good writing instruction is finding the right mentor texts to share with students. Within this book, you’ll discover more than 90 excellent mentor texts, along with straight-forward activities that incorporate the traits of writing across informational, narrative, and argument modes.



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