"Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction"

"Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction"

Best-practice strategies for teaching K-12 writing

About this online workshop

This dynamic online workshop utilizes video footage from a full-day Smekens workshop to equip K-12 teachers with the knowledge and tools they need to start teaching the Six Traits of Writing right away. Whether you need to learn a lot about the Six Traits in a hurry or want a “refresher” workshop to get you back on track, this introductory training led by Kristina Smekens provides teachers with the confidence and resources they need to begin implementing the Six Traits model.

Topics:

  • Answers to the questions “What are the Six Traits?” & “Where did they come from?”
  • Explanation of how to recognize the Six Traits in pictorial writing (K-1), intermediate writing (grades 2-5), and secondary writing (grades 6-12).
  • How the Six Traits unify your instruction of state and national standards and the expectations of state/national writing assessments.
  • Ways to introduce the trait language to students of all ages.
  • Numerous trait-based mini-lesson ideas to target common writing weaknesses.

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Initiate an intentional Six-Traits introduction with your students.
  • Establish a common language and understanding of the traits for the rest of the school year.
  • Better articulate to your students what “good” writing looks and sounds like.
  • Recognize the Six Traits within your students’ writing.
  • Connect each lesson in your writing curriculum to a trait.
  • Teach students how to improve their writing in each of the trait areas.

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What teachers say about this workshop

“My mind has been blown. I can’t wait to start teaching the 6 Traits. I feel like I have somewhere to start now, and I feel confident about it.” Jennifer Miller, Grade 3, Eastside Elementary School, Brazil, IN

“Kristina has what it takes to get educators excited about teaching writing.” Teresa LeBeau, Instructional Coach, CSC Southern Hancock County, Greenfield, IN

“I had been teaching 6 traits for 2 years now with no real training. This really made the big picture make sense. The training also organized my brain about each trait itself.” Brittany Grimm, Grade 2, Rosa Parks Elementary, Indianapolis, IN

“I now know where to start with my instruction. As a first year teacher, I needed the jumping-off point.” Rachel Gish, Grade 3, Holy Family School, New Albany, IN

“The best, most helpful teacher-friendly workshop I have ever been to in my 32 years in education! Love everything Smekens!” Dana Henley, Grade 1, Seymour Redding Elementary School, Seymour, IN

“This workshop gave me the confidence and excitement to incorporate the 6 traits in my classroom. I am eager to begin!” Julie Peters, Grade 1, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Fort Wayne, IN

“Totally changed the way I will teach writing. So helpful. Amazing! I learned so much. It was engaging and informative for K-12.” Susanne Borders, Grade 1, St. Joseph Grade School, South Bend, IN

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop start and finish?

The course can begin at any time.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

After enrollment, you have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A certificate of completion is available when you select the "Verified View." No certificate is awarded when you select the "Flexible View." For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Can I earn graduate-level credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits. To earn graduate-level credit, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit) is separate from the cost of the online workshop.

Graduate-level credits offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate-level credit and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) For details, please contact support@smekenseducation.com or call (888) 376-0448.

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Let's get started! - Handout
  • Identify the Traits - DESCRIBE "GOOD" WRITING
  • Note examples of "good" writing
  • Dissect what makes writing "good"
  • Identify the Traits - IDEAS
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Student Examples
  • Progression of trait of Ideas
  • Identify the Traits - ORGANIZATION
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Student Examples
  • Identify the Traits - RESOURCES
  • Smekens Originals
  • Identify the Traits - VOICE
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Student Examples
  • Identify the Traits - WORD CHOICE
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Identify the Traits - SENTENCE FLUENCY
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Identify the Traits - CONVENTIONS
  • Evidence in early writing & text
  • Identify the Traits - PRESENTATION
  • Evidence overall of visual elements & textual elements
  • Identify the Traits - CONCLUSION
  • Synthesize
  • Applying Six Traits to Academic Standards
  • Introduce the Traits - GRAPHIC ICONS
  • Utilize consistent visual icons
  • Introduce the Traits - SIX-TRAITS SONGS
  • Sing a trait-based song
  • Introduce the Traits - MENTOR TEXTS
  • Utilize picture books
  • Utilizing picture books for Word Choice
  • Work with one picture book
  • Introduce the Traits - TRAIT CHARACTERS & UPPER GRADES
  • Connect the definition of each trait to a character
  • Introduce the Traits - MECHANICS
  • Maintain a yearlong display
  • Provide daily writing experiences
  • Craft a plan
  • Synthesize
  • Teach the Traits
  • Mini-lessons for the trait of Ideas
  • Mini-lessons for the traits of Organization & Word Choice
  • Mini-lessons for the trait of Voice
  • Mini-lessons for the traits of Sentence Fluency & Conventions
  • Synthesize
  • Conclusion - Wrap-up
  • Wrap-up

About this online workshop

This dynamic online workshop utilizes video footage from a full-day Smekens workshop to equip K-12 teachers with the knowledge and tools they need to start teaching the Six Traits of Writing right away. Whether you need to learn a lot about the Six Traits in a hurry or want a “refresher” workshop to get you back on track, this introductory training led by Kristina Smekens provides teachers with the confidence and resources they need to begin implementing the Six Traits model.

Topics:

  • Answers to the questions “What are the Six Traits?” & “Where did they come from?”
  • Explanation of how to recognize the Six Traits in pictorial writing (K-1), intermediate writing (grades 2-5), and secondary writing (grades 6-12).
  • How the Six Traits unify your instruction of state and national standards and the expectations of state/national writing assessments.
  • Ways to introduce the trait language to students of all ages.
  • Numerous trait-based mini-lesson ideas to target common writing weaknesses.

After completing this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Initiate an intentional Six-Traits introduction with your students.
  • Establish a common language and understanding of the traits for the rest of the school year.
  • Better articulate to your students what “good” writing looks and sounds like.
  • Recognize the Six Traits within your students’ writing.
  • Connect each lesson in your writing curriculum to a trait.
  • Teach students how to improve their writing in each of the trait areas.

DOWNLOAD WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

 

What teachers say about this workshop

“My mind has been blown. I can’t wait to start teaching the 6 Traits. I feel like I have somewhere to start now, and I feel confident about it.” Jennifer Miller, Grade 3, Eastside Elementary School, Brazil, IN

“Kristina has what it takes to get educators excited about teaching writing.” Teresa LeBeau, Instructional Coach, CSC Southern Hancock County, Greenfield, IN

“I had been teaching 6 traits for 2 years now with no real training. This really made the big picture make sense. The training also organized my brain about each trait itself.” Brittany Grimm, Grade 2, Rosa Parks Elementary, Indianapolis, IN

“I now know where to start with my instruction. As a first year teacher, I needed the jumping-off point.” Rachel Gish, Grade 3, Holy Family School, New Albany, IN

“The best, most helpful teacher-friendly workshop I have ever been to in my 32 years in education! Love everything Smekens!” Dana Henley, Grade 1, Seymour Redding Elementary School, Seymour, IN

“This workshop gave me the confidence and excitement to incorporate the 6 traits in my classroom. I am eager to begin!” Julie Peters, Grade 1, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Fort Wayne, IN

“Totally changed the way I will teach writing. So helpful. Amazing! I learned so much. It was engaging and informative for K-12.” Susanne Borders, Grade 1, St. Joseph Grade School, South Bend, IN

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop start and finish?

The course can begin at any time.

How long do I have access to the workshop?

After enrollment, you have access to the content for 30 days. You determine how fast or slow you want to progress through the workshop during this time.

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details.

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A certificate of completion is available when you select the "Verified View." No certificate is awarded when you select the "Flexible View." For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Can I earn graduate-level credit?

Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who complete a webAcademy workshop are eligible to pursue one, two, or three nationally-accredited graduate-level semester credits. To earn graduate-level credit, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. The cost of graduate-level credit ($62 per credit) is separate from the cost of the online workshop.

Graduate-level credits offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree credits which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate-level credit and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) For details, please contact support@smekenseducation.com or call (888) 376-0448.

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 10 days, and we will give you a full refund.

Workshop Outline

  • Introduction to the workshop
  • Let's get started! - Handout
  • Identify the Traits - DESCRIBE "GOOD" WRITING
  • Note examples of "good" writing
  • Dissect what makes writing "good"
  • Identify the Traits - IDEAS
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Student Examples
  • Progression of trait of Ideas
  • Identify the Traits - ORGANIZATION
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Student Examples
  • Identify the Traits - RESOURCES
  • Smekens Originals
  • Identify the Traits - VOICE
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Student Examples
  • Identify the Traits - WORD CHOICE
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Identify the Traits - SENTENCE FLUENCY
  • Evidence in pictures, early writing, & text
  • Identify the Traits - CONVENTIONS
  • Evidence in early writing & text
  • Identify the Traits - PRESENTATION
  • Evidence overall of visual elements & textual elements
  • Identify the Traits - CONCLUSION
  • Synthesize
  • Applying Six Traits to Academic Standards
  • Introduce the Traits - GRAPHIC ICONS
  • Utilize consistent visual icons
  • Introduce the Traits - SIX-TRAITS SONGS
  • Sing a trait-based song
  • Introduce the Traits - MENTOR TEXTS
  • Utilize picture books
  • Utilizing picture books for Word Choice
  • Work with one picture book
  • Introduce the Traits - TRAIT CHARACTERS & UPPER GRADES
  • Connect the definition of each trait to a character
  • Introduce the Traits - MECHANICS
  • Maintain a yearlong display
  • Provide daily writing experiences
  • Craft a plan
  • Synthesize
  • Teach the Traits
  • Mini-lessons for the trait of Ideas
  • Mini-lessons for the traits of Organization & Word Choice
  • Mini-lessons for the trait of Voice
  • Mini-lessons for the traits of Sentence Fluency & Conventions
  • Synthesize
  • Conclusion - Wrap-up
  • Wrap-up