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Traits of Writing Workshop

A hands-on and practical workshop on the traits of writing to support independence and produce greater learning outcomes for students.

 

The traits of writing are steeped in over 40 years of research and continue to gain popularity worldwide. Research reveals that ‘quality’ writing all share six essential components: ideas, organisation, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, conventions, plus presentation. The traits are a powerful tool for developing a shared language and understanding of the skills and qualities of good writing.

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PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO TRAIT WRITING (50 min)

Writing is broken down into 6 traits, plus presentation.

IDEAS, ORGANISATION, WORD CHOICE, SENTENCE FLUENCY, VOICE, CONVENTIONS

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand each trait and the skills that support them
  • Evaluate student writing using a common language
  • Differentiate using evidence based strategies

Students revisit the same piece many times to evaluate, respond to feedback and set specific achievable short term goals to develop their writing skills. Each piece should be an improvement from the last. 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 (25 mins)

Dedicating time to explicitly introduce the traits to students is the first step in developing their understanding of these six key ingredients to good writing and the language that underpins them. This workshop will guide teachers on how to successfully introduce the six traits to their students.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How to roll out the traits with six mini-lessons
  • Building a class display that supports learning
  • Effective mini-lessons (explicit modeling)
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