Research reveals that ‘quality’ writing all share six essential components: ideas, organisation, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, conventions, plus presentation.
Trait writing helps students develop a critical writer’s eye and assess the main characteristics of writing independent from one another.
The traits are not a program, but a powerful tool that can be integrated in any writing approach to develop a shared language and understanding of the skills and qualities of good writing.
The strength of the model can be attributed to the emphasis it places on the writing process and that it integrates evidence-based practices that improve student writing, including analysing models of good writing, collaborating with peers, and explicit strategy instruction for developing specific writing skills. This approach helps students develop a critical writer’s eye and assess the main characteristics of writing independent from one another within their own and others writing. If students work like this and think about writing as a process, their writing flourishes. Research has proven this!
Using student examples, strategies and teacher activities, teachers will: