Presentation on theme: "6 Traits and More: A Practical Approach to Teaching Writing Effectively by Courtney Kistemann."— Presentation transcript:
1 6 Traits and More: A Practical Approach to Teaching Writing Effectively by Courtney Kistemann
2 You Will Learn…. What are the 6 traits What does “Leaping the River” meanHow the 6 traits fits into the writing processFun activities to do at homeHow to prep for AIMS writing
3 Types of Writing Formal and Informal Letters Personal Narrative Expository WritingFunctional TextPersuasive TextLiterary ResponseResearch Writing3
4 The Six Traits of Writing 1. Ideas2. Organization3. Voice4. Word Choice5. Sentence Fluency6. ConventionsThis program was developed by creative teachers and modified for international use at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
5 Ideas and ContentWriting has a main idea that is clear and well thought outAuthor includes “beyond-the-obvious” detailIdeas demonstrate clarity, focus, sense of purposeIdeas and supporting details paint a pictureVery often brainstorming, graphic organizers, story starters or narrative prompts can be used to help students get started.
6 The writer should: Show not tell “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass” Anton ChekhovBe original and write from experienceMake sure that the piece being written is interesting so that the reader will want to read all the way to the endFirst and last impression are keyIs your writing a tasty gourmet burger or is it from the dollar menu
7 Scoring Anchor PapersImagine that a pair of shoes has wings. Write about what happens when someone puts them on.
8 Organization… More than Just Paragraphs Deals with how you organize the ideasMore than beginning, middle and endIdeas flow from one paragraph to another (transitions)Introductions hook reader and introduce theme, main idea and purposeConclusion is interesting andleaves the reader satisfied
12 Word Choice Student uses creative language (similes and metaphors) Stays away from said and other graveyard wordsUses action verbsDescriptive languageUses appropriate and interesting wordsStays away from slang and common jargon
14 Fluency Students write complete sentences Sentence style and length varyAppropriate transitions are used that helps the flow and rhythm of the pieceNo run-ons (wordy language)Text begs to be read aloud
15 Writing Complete Sentences Complete sentences must contain a subject and a predicate. Students must know the definitions of the parts of speech in order to write complete sentences.
16 Sentence VariationSentence variation means that sentences should not all start with the same word or phrase, and the vocabulary within a sentence should vary. The structure of sentences should also vary, so that the piece does not begin to sound sing-songy or immature.16
17 TransitionsTransitional words are words that string together sentences or ideas. Transitions can use words such as and, but, nonetheless, however, in addition, for example, similarly, also and moreover. Students need to see examples of these words in use in order to put good transitions to work.17
18 Conventions Grammar Punctuation Spelling The best thing is to teach your child to read their work aloud. They will be able to hear the mistakes
19 6 Traits and The Writing Process Step 1 – Pre-write/Plan Generate, develop, & think about ideas, organization, voice Step 2 – Draft Develop ideas, organize ideas, use voice, sentence fluency and word choice Step 3 – Revise Add, delete, develop, adjust: ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice Step 4 – Edit Find problems and correct conventions Step 5 – Publish Share the completed writingRevision vs.Editing Activity19
20 FAT-PPrompt- “Your parents just got a tax return and want to use the money to redo the backyard. Write a letter to your parents describing what you think should be done to the backyard. F- What is the format? A- Who is the audience? T- Underline the topic. P- What is the purpose?Help your child identify FAT-P often in preparation for AIMS
21 Ways to AssessStudents can evaluate their pieces using checklists and rubricsParents and Eagleridge teachers should guide, help evaluate and make suggestionsWhen evaluating give constructive commentsFormative assessment should always be done so that students can work toward improvementPortfolios21
22 Best Teaching Practices I do…you do…we doModel, model, modelRead and discuss great authors togetherUse research-based methods such as square writing, writer’s workshop, teaching the quality of writing, 6 traits + 1 writing….and moreBecome familiar with AZ state standards