Thursday, June 28, 2012

6 Traits Writing

Morning! So I went on another run, although it was super difficult to get out of bed this morning. I actually couldn't finish my run....I got some sort of heat rash all down my legs (not fun!). Now all I want to do is go back to bed, but I'm too excited to share with you my 6 Traits Writing Board!

Have you used 6 Traits in your classroom?

Last year was my first year using it in my classroom, and I absolutely loved it! I't s not a writing workshop program. It's meant to be integrated into your writing workshop. Once you have your writing workshop set up, the 6 Traits will now be your mini lessons.  The six traits are Ideas, Organization, Word Choice, Conventions (grammar and punctuation), Voice, and Sentence Fluency.  I've created posters to put up in your classroom that provides statements of what each trait means. I've also created strategy cards to go with each trait. So as you teach each strategy or mini lesson, you will put that strategy card right under the poster (the trait).  It's basically like the CAFE board by the 2 sisters.

There are also a ton of resources out there on the 6 traits! But I'm really excited about this board because it will give the kids a good visual and reminder about what they have learned and what they need to keep including in their writing. Most times we teach mini lessons, but do the kids REALLY remember them? With the 6 traits writing board, they are constantly reminded of the tips and tricks that they need to work on in their writing because its on a wall in your classroom! Click HERE to get the 6 Traits board! If there are any other strategies (mini lessons) that you would like me to include, that aren't already there, let me know and I would be more than happy to add those!

Have you used the 6 Traits program in your classroom? What resources did you use?

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  1. I just found your blog! Love the name!! I'm your newest follower.

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  3. Hi, I teach 4th grade and have about 12 strategy cards that I wanted to add to the 6 traits board... could you possibly send me a template of blank strategy cards so I can fill them in myself? Thanks so much!

  4. Hi!
    Could you please send me an email? :)

  5. I will be teaching 2nd grade in August as an intern! Glad to have stumbled upon your site while working on an assignment for writing class. Am excited to be following and learning from you! ;)