Best-of-Smekens Writing Conference:
Writing Remix 2017
Recognize the 6 Traits within K-12 Student Writing
Get Started with the 6 Traits of Writing
Reveal mentor text that exemplifies each trait
Create your own Let your Voice Be Heard poster. by sixth grade teacher Tiana Perin at Van Buren Elementary (Van Buren, IN)
Incorporate additional supports
Create Writing Rubrics in the Primary Grades
Prioritize your Trait-Based Instruction
Elaborate and develop individual ideas
Add supporting “leg” sentences: Hold up each pizza-table idea with sentence “legs” of support.
Transition between ideas
Use transitions to show the relationship among claims, reasons, and evidence.
Connect ideas within paragraphs.
Alert the reader to a shift in ideas
Create flow with word spacing
Words, with spaces between them, flow like a string of dominoes.
Assess Writing with a 6-Traits Rubric
Build non-writing rubrics
Specific mini-lesson instructions for building rubrics with students are detailed within Chapter 7 of Launching the Writer’s Workshop: Grades 3-12.
Build an initial writing rubric
Build and grow a writing rubric with students
When starting Phase 4 of the launch, Kristina referenced the power of creating kid-friendly rubrics with your students. This concept is reinforced in an article in the February 2012 ASCD Education Update newsletter and based on Informing Writing: The Benefits of Formative Assessment by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.Specific mini-lesson instructions for building rubrics with students are detailed within Chapter 7