Hi all~ I'm linking up with Ideas by Jivey for Workshop Wednesday. Today's focus is on writing and I can't possibly link up about writing without talking about 6+1 Traits of Writing.
If you haven't read the book, you truly should. I love the framework it gives my students and me to use in writing. A great resource to use with it is www.writingfix.com. I posted recently about a variation of a lesson that I found there. Great RESOURCE!
I always spend a week or two working on the framework, training so to speak, before I dive into any of my project based units at the beginning of the year. I want them to have a firm foundation of my expectations and my procedures before we get started. 6+1 Traits of Writing gives us a common language to use during writing conferences and mini-lessons to make communication easier for us.
During the time we spend "building our foundation," I always do one big whole group lesson where I briefly introduce all the traits listed in the book. The students create anchor charts in their notebooks as we go, so that they will be able to refer to it throughout the year. I use this PowerPoint to guide them as they build their anchor charts. (Help yourself if you are interested but please leave a comment to let me know you grabbed it and if you like it, I would love for you to link up to follow.)
The PowerPoint includes brief assignment slides to go with each trait so that the students have a chance to personalize each trait on their chart to help them remember it.
This PowerPoint, by no means teaches each trait. This just gives us a common language to use throughout the year as we conference and discuss writing as a class and work on each trait more thoroughly.
The students and I also refer to the chart when they are at the writing station. I will often tell them that they may write any thing they would like, but they must make a note at the top about which trait they worked on and how they improved their writing using that trait. It really becomes a way of life for us in my classroom. :)
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