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"Creating Writers," Fourth Edition, is the most comprehensive exploration of the 6-trait approach to writing yet! Written by the pioneer of 6-trait writing, this Fourth Edition brings everything up to date, offering a comprehensive overview of the best education strategies and philosophies from the worlds of writing assessment and instruction. It provides clear guidelines on helping students draft, assess, and revise their writing, as well as explicit criteria to show students precisely what they must do to succeed as writers in virtually any situation. Widely used at the state level, school districts are incorporating the 6 traits into their state standards or assessments. This is the only book on the market that effectively helps teachers of writing prepare their students for success on state tests. " New format and organization is designed to make the content clear and simple. New and revised checklists for genre-specific writing instruction to separate key elements in narrative writing, literary analysis, and persuasive writing. New and creative ways to use 6-trait writing in classrooms are explored - including adaptations for kinesthetic learners and second language learners. Ringing Endorsements for "CREATING WRITERS"! ""Not only is Creating Writers the most comprehensive book ever on 6-trait writing instruction and assessment, it's also a practical, inspirational guide for any writing classroom. It's one of those rare professional books that both teachers and administrators read cover to cover, and you'll find the well-worn copies on their desks to prove it. This extensively revised edition, with voluminous examples from students and literature, draws the strongest link yet between writing assessment and instruction. No writing classroom should be without it."" -Barry Lane Author of "After THE END: Teaching and Learning Creative Revision, The Reviser's Toolbox, and The Portfolio Sourcebook." ""Spandel has done it again! In Creating Writers, Fourth Edition, she shares her current thought and unparalleled skill, framed around the traits of writing. The originator once again inspires us with practical, enriched instruction and assessment applications-promising practices for teaching and learning at its zenith. On behalf of classroom teachers everywhere -Thank you, Vicki!"" -Dr. Donna Flood Director of Staff Development and Instructional Improvement, Millard Public Schools, Omaha, NE ""If you're only going to read one book about teaching writing this year, make it Creating Writers. It's lively and fast-paced, filled cover to cover with practical help on using the six traits to enrich writing instruction and assessment, from one-on-one writing conferences to building craft lessons. This book gives you and your students a shared language with which to talk about writing. No writing teacher in America has done more than Vicki Spandel to show how to actually make writing workshops work. Whether you're a new teacher or a veteran, you'll find both inspiration and how-to-do-it strategies in Creating Writers. As an added bonus, you will find that the strategies detailed in this book prepare students for success on state writing assessments as well as for their journey as life-long writers."" -Dr. Tommy Thomason, Head of Journalism Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas For more information on this book and related books, visit www.abprofessionaled.com.