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Introduction to Trait Writing &

Introducing the Traits to Students

Description

The traits of writing are steeped in over 30 years of research and continue to gain popularity worldwide. The research reveals that ‘quality’ writing all share six essential components. They are – ideas, organisation, sentence fluency, word choice, voice and conventions.

Using student examples, strategies and teacher activities, teachers will have a clear understanding of the 6+1 traits of writing and the skills that support them.

Details
Your school will receive:
  • A full set of updated slides and teaching notes will be provided for your school. 

 

PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO TRAIT WRITING

Writing is broken down into 6 traits, plus presentation. The traits are: Ideas, Organisation, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Voice, and Conventions. 

Trait writing helps students develop a critical writer’s eye and assess the main characteristics of writing independent from one another.  

  • It values and nurtures the writing process.
  • It uses a common language for writing. 
  • All children learn that they are writers and writing is celebrated every day.
  • The emphasis is on skill development.  Students are encouraged to revisit the same piece many times, to self evaluate, respond to feedback and set specific and achievable short term goals. 

If students work like this and think about writing as a process, their writing flourishes. Research has proven this!

 

PART 2: INTRODUCING THE TRAITS TO STUDENTS 

Dedicating time to explicitly introduce the traits to students is the first step in developing their awareness and understanding of these six key ingredients to good writing and the language that underpins them.

During the workshop, teachers will be guided through three simple steps to successfully roll out the traits across their classroom. 

1.  Rolling out the traits with six mini-lessons

2.  Keeping it simple

3.  Following a common approach

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