- Introduction to the workshop
Let's get started! - Handout
- Utilize Common Language - REVIEW THE SIX TRAITS
Part 1: Pop Quiz
Part 2: Six-Traits basics
Part 3: Six-Traits basics (continued)
- Utilize Common Language
Provide experience with different modes
Provide experience with different stages
Apply the traits in all writing units
Provide consistency between the writing modes
Common Language wrap-up
- Develop a Yearlong Vision
Acknowledge the "trump" traits
Identifying key traits in the modes of writing
Yearlong Vision wrap-up
Spiral through the modes
Consider the big picture
Plan with intention
- Weave in the Traits
Reference traits when reading
Write for readers
Apply the Six Traits to the writing process
Weave in the Traits wrap-up
- Assess the Traits with Rubrics
Understand rubric basics
Practice building a rubric
Create a kid-friendly assessment tool
Grow the writing rubric
Update the same rubric all year long
Convert analytic scores to grades
Convert holistic scores to grades
Assess the Traits wrap-up
- Conclusion - Wrap-up
Six Traits of Writing: Implementation Strategies
Best-practice strategies for teaching the Six Traits all year long
If you’ve heard Kristina Smekens’ Six-Traits Introduction, then you’re ready to take it to the next level. This dynamic online workshop utilizes video footage from a full-day Smekens workshop and addresses how to take the Six Traits from six words floating around the classroom to full-blown immersion and implementation all year long. Kristina will offer you ways to organize, manage, and implement the traits to heighten the effectiveness of your writing instruction.
- Building a writer’s workshop anchored in the Six Traits — including the instructional lesson, independent writing time, writer conferences, and the group share-out.
- Recognizing the traits within each step of the writing process.
- Strategies for assessing student writing, including when to score for particular traits and when to assess all of them.
- Teaching students that the Six Traits are within every type of writing.
After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
- Weave the trait language throughout all three phases of the writer’s workshop.
- Plan writing units to target the most significant traits and writing skills.
- Introduce and utilize kid-generated rubrics to assess student writing.
- Convert a set of rubric scores to grades/points.
- Utilize the Six Traits to organize and drive your writer’s workshop mini-lessons.
- Improve the effectiveness of writer conferences and student revision with management routines and trait language.
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 workshop 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?
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 enroll in a webAcademy workshop can earn 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level credits. (To earn graduate-level credit, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. Graduate-level credit cost is separate from registration fees. Credits are $62 each.)
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. To learn more, contact us be email 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.