6 Traits of Writing
The 6 Traits of Writing is not a curriculum but a vision--a way of thinking about writing. The origional 6 traits was developed for teachers by teachers, and include:
  • Ideas
  • Organization
  • Voice
  • Word Choice
  • Sentence Flunecy
  • Conventions

There are at least 10 reasons to make six-trait writing part of your personal vision for writing success: It provides--a language for talking about writing, consistency in assessment, a way of making revision and editing manageable, support for writing process, a guide to purposeful revision and editing, empowerment for all students, increased motivation and thinking skills, a way of linking reading and writing, a foundation for real-world writing, and a way of saving assessment time.



Help Kids Write: Introduce the 6 Traits with loveable characters and video: www.helpkidswrite.com
Writing Fix Website: interactive prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classroomhttp://www.writingfix.com/

OWL: Online Writing Lab for Elementary Students, featuring the 6 traits! This includes graphic organizers for students, lesson plans for teachers and literatuare that encorporates the traits!
http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/concord/teacherlinks/sixtraits/sixtraits.html

6 Traits of Writing-Language Arts: Powerpoint presentations and Interactive Activities. A great site to see how others have introduced the traits!
http://languagearts.pppst.com/6traits.html

A Site for Teachers Using Six Traits in the Classroom:
http://www.cyberspaces.net/6traits/

Milwaukee Public Schools (Janelle LOVES this one!) Many resources including PowerPoint, student work samples and Rubrics:
http://mpsportal.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/portal/server.pt/comm/programs___resources/310/six_trait_writing_resources/38256#

And some sites with posters to print and hang:
The Reading Writing Poster Pack: http://www.ttms.org/PDFs/17%20All%20Posters%20v001%20(Full).pdf
6 Traits Posters: http://www.edina.k12.mn.us/concord/teacherlinks/sixtraits/posterspage.htm

Want some more information? See Janelle's office for the following texts:
Creating Writers Through 6-Trait Writing: Assessment and Instruction by Vicki Spandel
http://www.alibris.com/search/books/qwork/1383086/used/Creating%20Writers%20Through%206-Trait%20Writing%20Assessment%20and%20Instruction
Daily Trait Warm-Ups: 180 Revision and Editing Activities to Kick Off Writing Time by Ruth Culham
http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?binding=&mtype=&keyword=Daily+trait+warm+ups


Genre Ideas:

Comic Creator: A very fun game that allos students to create and WRITE their own comic strips. http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/comic/

Make Beliefs Comix: Another comic strip creator!
http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/Comix/