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Six Traits of Writing
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Six Traits of Writing
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Six Traits of Writing
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6+1 Trait Essay Rubric -
Student Friendly Rubric -
6 Trait Narritive Rubric -
6 Trait Paragraph Rubic -
6 Trait Rubric -
Simplified 6 trait Rubric -
Beginning Writer's -
6+1 Beginning writers -
Voice Rubric -
K-2 Voice -
(Descriptive) Sample and Activity -
(Persuasive) Sample and Lesson -
Tips for putting voice into writing -
Conventions Rubric -
K-2 Editing Check List -
Intermediate Check List -
Word Choice Rubric -
Interesting Words -
Sentence Fluency Rubric -
K-2 Sentence Fluency -
Ideas and Content
Ideas and Content Rubric -
K-2 Ideas and Content -
Ideas Graphic Organizers -
Organization Rubric -
K-2 Organization -
Organization Transitions -
Organization Leads -
Organization Conclusions -
Synonyms for Said -
Synonyms for asked -
6 Trait classroom Posters
Writing Prompts -
Essay Graphic Organizer -
Books and resources
Book list that demonstrates each trait (Click on trait after scrolling down)-
Books to teach the strategies of reading and the 6 traits of writing
Writing for REAL audiences is key to success!
This list was created by Buhler, KS teachers
IDEAS AND CONTENT:
Write about a hero in your life.
Use inspiration software, brainstorm lists and classify into paragraphs.
Utilize graphic organizers.
Write a story about a haircut you've had.
Use pictures from calendars for story prompts.
Play a tape of sounds and have students brainstorm ideas of what is happening.
Read The Pain and the Great One. What makes your pain a pain? Proof!
Provide a picture of an animal they are not familiar with. They have to describe the physical description and how it applies to their life (the animal's life).
Write about the best thing that ever happened to you.
Brainstorm a list on a theme for - Setting, Characters, Problems. Then the students choose 1 from each category to write their story.
Listing - places (been or like to go), people (met or like to meet), things (done or would like to do).
Read Mrs. Rumphius and talk about the heart of the message and then have students write a paragraph about how to make the world a better place.
Brainstorm about things a card makes you think of and then write about it.
Write a story about a key that each student receives (different shape, sizes, etc..)
Beginning of school year write a paragraph.
Choose a social studies unit ex: American Revolution/Ben Franklin - write a historical fiction story.
Choose a topic and then talk about how to focus on a "slice of the pie." Divide the topic into smaller pieces.
Use your read aloud book to piggyback an idea off of. (That way the students are already familiar with background knowledge).
Use journal starters that then can go back and edit.
Write text for a wordless book.
Write about something that bothers you, something you want to change, something you hate to do.
Use pictures and have students write about that picture.
Have students keep a list of ideas that interest them, so when they have time to write they can refer back to that list.
I remember vividly...
Use a very narrow topic.
Brainstorming web together as class.
Write about someone you admire.
Use Kidspiration or
For research papers, have students put related ideas on a specific colored index card. Later, they group cards by color. Finally, each color is assigned a Roman numeral to transfer to an outline.
Rewrite scrambled paragraphs in the correct order. Focus on transition words.
Give demonstration on "How To" Kids can make index cards for Intro, step by step, and conclusion.
Power Writing (color-coded sentence strips).
- A method of learning to organize your writing using color.
Create something. Write the steps of the process.
Research papers: Highlight different points in different colors.
Use a Venn Diagram.
Sequencing activities: put sentences in order to make a paragraphs, put comics in order, etc.
Draw a picture using geometric shapes. Write a description of it. Have someone else try to draw it from the description.
Analyze a children's boo. Compare to own writing of a story.
Persuade someone to change lives with you.
Sequence - How to carve a pumpkin.
Model using organizers, webs, etc...
Using Zoom and Rezoom. Cut apart the book and have students try to place the book back in order by looking at the details. These books have no words.
Brainstorm about words that help with organization then apply to a story.
Read a picture book and discuss the beginning, middle and the end of a narrative.
Group books into picture book - true/nonfiction.
Compare/contrast yourself with another classmate. Then move to interview questions.
Make an outline, prewrite of a historic event.
Add time order words to events that happened in reading to build the vocabulary for sequencing.
Graphic organizers to help keep on track.
Write two introductions for topics - one poor and one weak (it makes them think about the difference).
Pretend you are baking a cake. Use all the right ingredients but go step by step from getting out a mixing bowl to getting it out of the oven.
Structured writing from ISTE.
Write steps for something as a class that they all know the order of.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich writing. Have students write how to make. Teacher then makes sandwich by reading and only following directions written - no inference.
Put sequence sentences in order.
Read your piece to the class as if you were reading it on the 6:00 news.
Highlight subject (yellow) and verb (orange) in each sentence. Observe where it's located in the sentence. Is it usually at the beginning? Are they always side by side?
game-line up-move prepositional phrases around.
Highlight every other sentence to emphasize length and varied structure.
Share books to give examples of good sentence fluency.
Read aloud a paragraph and change any that have the same beginnings.
Read writing to a partner. Give feedback. One-on-one conferences or peer conferences.
Read examples of other student's writing.
Students write a thematic paper (three paragraphs) using propositions and time order thinking.
Look at writing and point out different types of sentences.
View wordless picture books. Use figurative language to describe the action taking place.
Write a 12 sentence story. No two sentences may start with the same word. Three sentences must be inverted, etc.
Read their writing orally for smoothness.
Write a paragraph about your best friend. Count number of words in each sentence. Circle first word in each sentence. They must revise (rainbow colors) so each sentence starts with a different part of speech.
Look at paragraph. Highlight sentences that contain more than 20 words and less than 10 words. None - then make some changes.
Read out loud in small groups. Ask yourself if you varied your sentences by varying the length and using different words.
Tape record a student reading a book. Put in a listening center.
Go over compound subjects or predicates. Have students write several sentences with this then write more from one.
Have students write about one subject, changing sentences and parts of speech several times.
Students circle the first word in each sentence. If a word is repeated, the student must change the sentence by adding a phrase or a new word.
Read aloud after writing to see how well it flows.
Give sentence patterns - students create sentences that follow the pattern.
Read sentences out loud to each other for five minutes then switch partners.
Record their stories and have them listen to them, paying attention to how well their sentences flow.
During oral reading, stop and ask students if sentence makes sense or how could it be better.
Take a narrative and rewrite to expository and vice versa.
Show examples of writing that have very short, choppy sentences.
Have them reread their own writing.
Read your paragraph to the class. Is it easy to read?
Share lots of examples of voice in rich text.
Tell me the story (if they are having a problem writing it) like we're having a normal conversation.
Give them a picture and with a group, write a story about it.
Write a story containing conversation between you and a sibling/cousin/friend when you disagreed with them.
Write a letter to a pet, a person, or a situation explaining how you felt about it.
Read Brave Irene to the class.
I had students write directions from our classroom to another place in the school or playground, using direction words and prepositions.
Point of view activities.
Reading team/pairs. Inflections.
Watch a movie clip of an emotion (fear, joy) and brainstorm how it was expressed.
Write about the worst thing you've ever experienced.
Rewrite the story of Cinderella as the nasty step-sister.
They draw an object from a hat - then they have to write from that objects point of view without telling what the object is. (Example: toothpaste - how you feel, what you see, hear) etc.
Write a letter in the voice of a character that was just read about.
Have several students read the same passage showing emotion.
Share short writing piece and see if can guess who wrote it.
Add dialogue to the writing. See if you are able to read it with expression.
Write a conversation/dialogue between you and a good friend about winning a football game.
Tell a story. Point out the "voice" in the telling. Write that part.
Bring in examples and discuss if it has good/bad voice, and what makes it good/bad.
Write chili contest judges' comments - each judge has a different personality.
Scrooge in the Christmas Carol is a real good play to use the voice concept.
Read various examples of writing; allow students to write on a topic that means a lot to them.
Model during oral reading.
Because of Winn Dixie book and Love, Ruby Lavender.
Write a story about a picture.
Act out different meanings of words.
List synonyms for "go". Then have students act them out.
Circle boring words in your work and replace them using a friend or thesaurus.
Read Brave Irene aloud and have kids brainstorm words. Make an overhead of the words for kids to keep in their writing folder.
Have students substitute a word on each sentence in the paragraph using a Thesaurus.
Holiday topic writing-brainstorm a list of words for that holiday...Example: Halloween-spooky, ghost, witch, etc. Then write a story about the topic and you can't use any words from the list you generate.
As you edit, mark out any words you've used more than once and change them.
Brainstorm different words to use instead of fun, good, bad, etc.
Pick synonyms for a verse (or stanza) of a song, poem, etc. without changing the theme or message.
5 senses: poetry
Use a thesaurus - Write a poem that rhymes to broaden vocabulary.
Give a sheet with "synonyms for SAID." Students can't use "SAID" more tha twice in a story.
Bury blah words so they have to be more creative in their word choice.
Write The Three Pigs: Add adjectives, change main characters, add adverbs.
Write a "how to" paragraph: roast a hot dog without using hot dog, fire, stick.
Use five of the words from your list of vocabulary words in a paragraph.
Use a thesaurus to change our some common words.
Give students a basic sentence such as The dog ran. Then have them change words and add to it to make it better. For example: The dog sprinted., The dog sprinted across the yard., The bid, brown dog sprinted across the yard.
Write a descriptive essay about your room.
Students identify similes in their reading and then we write our own. Later, we add them to our stories.
Have a "banned" word list.
Use words out of the current book your reading.
Put over used words "to bed" so they can rest. Use round robin to share words.
Wacky words - give new words and they write.
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.
Looking at different words in different text types.
Walk through each thing independently. Example: look at all the ending punctuation, then commas, then spelling...and so on.
Edit your partner's work.
Use student dictionaries for frequently misspelled words.
Show how punctuation, alone, can change the meaning. Example: Don't do anything stupid! Don't do anything, stupid.
Read and critique a newspaper story. Then have them write their own newspaper article.
Model on the overhead and have kids make corrections from the teacher's writing.
Listen to a song. Give each student a hard copy of the song to put the punctuation where it belongs.
Correct spelling in all subjects.
Punctuation takes a Vacation book.
Just typing a story without conventions and seeing how to edit, revise together.
Write a dialogue between 2 basically unlike things - can't see each other. Must explain purpose in life, physical description, etc.
Daily oral language.
DOL rewrites with riddles, poems, letters, etc.
Team teach with literature teacher.
Use edit sheet to mark classmates papers.
Switch with a partner and have them highlight words or make punctuation corrections.
Read your story out loud. Listen to when you take a breath, you probably need a period or a comma there.
Type on Word to check for spelling and grammar - visually see formatting errors easier.
Daily oral grammar.
Daily grammar practice booklet.
A-Z Ways to Publish Students’ Writing and Research
A: ABC books, Accordion books, Advertisements, Advice columns, Almanacs, Anecdotes, Applications, Articles
B: Banners, Bingo game, Biographies, Biographical sketches, Book jackets or blurbs, Booklets, Books, Book reviews
C: Calendars, Cartoons, Collages, Comic strips, Contracts
D: Data Disks, Debates, Demonstrations, Descriptions, Dialogues, Diaries, Diorama, Dictionaries, Directions, Directories
E: Editorials/Op-Eds, Epitaphs
F: Fantasies, Flap books, Flip charts, Folktales
G: Ghost stories, Graphic Organizer, Greeting cards, Guides
H: Handbooks, Headlines, Historical timelines, Historical sketches, Horoscopes
J: Jingles, Jokes (riddles/puzzles/etc.)
L: Legends, Lesson Plans, Letters (formal/personal/etc.), Limericks, Logs
M: Manuals, Memos, Menus, Monologues. Murals, Musicals, Myths
N: Newscast, Newspaper article, Notebook
P: Plays, Poems, Pop-up books, Postcards, Posters, Proposals
Q: Quilts, Quote Book
R: Radio report, Rebuttals, Requests, Responses, Resumes, Reviews
S: Sales presentation, Schedules, Science fiction, Scrapbooks, Scripts Songs, Speeches, Stories, Story Cube, Story wheels, Summaries
T: Table of Contents, Tall tales, Technical manuals, Telegrams, Templates, Tongue twisters, Travel brochures, Travelogues, Triaromas, Tributes
W: Wanted posters, Webpages
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