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2 6-Trait Writing Instruction and Assessment

3 Models of Writing  Read Redwoods and Mouse Alert..  Make notes on the NOTES page for discussion on the qualities you notice about each piece.  Share with a partner the similarities and differences.

4 Objectives/Goals  Identify and discuss the strengths and problems in any piece of writing, using trait language.  Learn the language of 6-Trait.  Understand how writing lessons relate to the traits.  Model a lesson with your students.

5 “We must constantly remind ourselves that the ultimate purpose of evaluation is to enable students to evaluate themselves. ” Arthur Costa

6 What Are the Traits of a Good Sandwich?  Write on your “sandwich paper” in your packet what characteristics you think makes a really goooooood sandwich.

7 6-Trait Writing  Ideas  Voice  Organization  Word Choice  Sentence Fluency  Conventions

8 Conventions “ Anything a copy editor might deal with under the heading of conventions: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, paragraphing, grammar and usage. The whole purpose of this trait is to enhance readability-to make information enticing and accessible.” TEKS 4.16, 4.17, 4.18, 4.19, , 5.17, 5.18, 5.19, 5.20

9 SCORING CONVENTIONS  Look for what is done well.  Look beyond spelling.  Do not overreact.  Do not consider neatness or handwriting when assigning a score.

10 The Two Faces of Conventions  Creative and Personal There’s almost nothing left for the copy editor to do.  Informational The text is easy to process and visually appealing.

11 WRITING PROCESS: where CONVENTIONS fit? Prewriting Drafting Sharing Revising Editing Publishing Conventions & Layout

12 from “Charlie” THAT IS IS THAT THAT IS NOT IS NOT THAT IS IT ISNT IT

13 Why Use 6 Trait Writing? Good assesssment starts with a vision of success. Rick Stiggins Student-Centered Classroom Assessment

14 Why Use 6-Trait Writing? 1. Common Language 2. Consistency in assessment 3. The “how to” students need to revise 6-Trait Writing is all about revision!

15 From Donald Graves’ book, A Fresh Look at Writing “ Unless we show children how to read their writing, their work will not improve. If we help children take knowledgeable responsibility in reading their own work, we not only help them be effective lifelong writers, but we shift the responsibility for their writing to them, where it belongs.”

16 Things to DO today  Create a class of good critics.  Give students the editing pen and proofreading symbols.  Create a classroom where students learn to find topics.  Train students to assess their own work and be in charge of their own revision. Make reflection a habit in your class.

17 Things You DON’T Have To Do Today  Read every paper your students write.  Correct every grammatical error your students make.  Pick topics for your students’ assignments.  Be the expert that fixes all your students’ work!

18 Six Ways to Teach Traits  Introduce the concept of traits-and traits themselves.  Surround students with writers’ language.  Teach students to be assessors of their own and others’ work - use self-assessment in revising and setting goals.  Use written works to illustrate strengths and weaknesses in writing.  Use focused lessons to help students develop skills in each trait.  Teach students to do focused revision.

19 How Does This Fit Together?  Teach writer’s workshop.  Introduce the traits which enhance the writing process.  Traits help students understand modes or forms of writing.

20 Qualities of Good Writing  Refer to the NOTES page on Redwoods and Mouse Alert.  Add any good qualities of writing you think might be appropriate now.  Discuss in a small group your new additions.

21 Correlations to TAKS Preliminary TAKS Rubric:  Organization  Development  Conventions  Voice  Focus & Coherence Information from CREST, 2002

22 HOW DO YOU KNOW IT’S WORKING?  Lose weight effortlessly  Acquire unbelievable energy  Save money  Improve your memory  Eliminate wrinkles When trait instruction is working, you will- SORRY-just kidding.


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