Daily Trait Warm-Ups
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Teaching revision and editing—the most challenging tasks of writing—just became easier and more manageable. In her new book, Ruth Culham targets essential skills with “warm-ups”—short, powerful activities that provide students with real writing practice in revising for ideas, organization, voice, word choice, and sentence fluency, and in editing for conventions. Students apply what they learn to their own writing as they build confidence and master skills that last a lifetime!
Inside this book you’ll find:
- 180 reproducible warm-ups, one for each day of the school year
- A CD that lets you project all 180 warm-ups digitally or print them out
- Think Abouts—important, trait-specific questions students ask when the revise and edit with the warm-ups
- Sample responses to revision warm-ups and an answer key for editing warm-ups
- Handy reproducible resources for students, such as a trait-by-trait revision checklist
The key qualities of Ideas are: Finding a Topic, Focusing the Topic, Developing the Topic, and Using Details. In this worksheet, Ruth gives a short example and asks some key questions on Finding a Topic.
The key qualities of Organization are: Creating the Lead, Using Sequence Words, Developing the Body, and Ending With a Sense of Resolution. In this worksheet, Ruth gives a short example and asks some key questions on Using Sequence Words.
The key qualities of Voice are: Establishing a Tone, Conveying the Purpose, Creating a Connection to the Audience, and Taking Risks to Create Voice. In this worksheet, Ruth gives a short example and asks some key questions on Creating a Connection to the Audience.
The key qualities of Word Choice are: Creating Using Strong Verbs, Using Striking Words and Phrases, Using Words That Are Specific and Accurate, and Using Language Effectively. In this worksheet, Ruth gives a short example and asks some key questions on Using Sequence Words.
In Working with Individual Conventions, Ruth highlights rules to remember for Punctuation, Capitalization, Grammar and Usage, and Spelling. This worksheet covers rules from verb agreement to apostrophe usage.