The Wheels Keep Turning

Things are perking along on the new writing program.  I can even tell you the name…drumroll, please:  Traits Complete.  Yes, that means when the program comes out late next summer, you can expect it to have everything you’ve been asking for:  36 weeks of lesson plans for each year, K-8, mentor texts, videos of authors talking about writing, technology that is fun and easy to use with options, features, and razzle-dazzle galore.  Whether you are a teacher experienced with the traits and writing process or just new to the whole adventure, you’re going to like what you see.  We’ve connected all the dots and you only have to open the books and start teaching.  Everything will be at your fingertips. It’s stunningly beautiful, too, thanks to the design team at Scholastic.

So as you can probably guess, my days and nights are filled to the brim with developing lesson ideas, making book choices for fiction and nonfiction plus a feature I’m not ready to reveal yet, planning video shoots, reviewing pages, and meeting deadlines.  Never knew how complicated it could get to build a program that meets the unique needs of K, 1-2, 3-5, and 6-8 yet enough the same that it builds one year upon the next as we’ve come to know is the best way for students to learn to write.

We’re field testing in Beaufort, South Carolina this week.  So a big shout out to the great teachers at Hilton Head Middle School for taking on a core 7th grade lesson and giving us feedback.  The program as a whole grows by leaps and bounds when we get this authentic, in-depth, and fresh take on how the components work.

I’m taking my summer vacation the next couple of days.  Yes, I know it’s the end of September, but it’s just been too busy to get away.  A friend from NYC is coming to visit and we’ll be trying out the new Allison Hotel and Spa in Newberg, deep in the heart of wine country.  I hear it’s grand.  Then off to Cannon Beach for a couple of days before she has to go home.  I should be ready to get back to full time work when I return.  Until then, emails and some revision is all I can wrap my head around.

Cheers to all –

Ruth

About Ruth Culham

RUTH CULHAM has written more than 40 books and best-selling resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing connection for countless educators around the globe. Her groundbreaking work with the writing traits and writing from reading is the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion. Ruth’s most recent books, The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing and Dream Wakers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture, are available from Stenhouse Publishers. She also conducts professional development for schools and districts and writes a regular column for The Reading Teacher.
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2 Responses to The Wheels Keep Turning

  1. Debbie Stewart says:

    Have a great time.
    Get a glass of wine, face the east, and send me, through the wind,
    a taste of “wonderful”!

  2. Beth Ford says:

    Traits Complete! That sounds perfect — as an adjective, a verb, and an imperative.

    Rest up and get ready to rock. The fall season is upon us. Glad to hear you are taking some time for yourself. Enjoy!

    b

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