6+1 Trait Writing™ in the Classroom - Winter 2004 Overview This self-paced course provides an introduction to the 6 + 1 Writing Traits, a method for teaching, creating, and evaluating writing. You will explore both instructional methods and student-based strategies, practice scoring using the 6+1 Writing Traits, and develop a lesson plan that incorporates the 6+1 Writing Traits into your writing process instruction. Seat Hours: Registration and completion of this self-paced course is rated as 15 seat hours of work. For more information on your time commitment to ASSET self- paced courses please see our FAQs. Expectations Lesson 1: Introduction to 6+1 Traits Learners will determine the origin of the 6+1 Trait Writing system. list the qualities of good writing. compare what you think of as good writing with the 6+1 Writing Traits definitions of good writing. distinguish between the traits in the 6+1 Trait Writing system. Lesson 2: Teaching the Traits: Ideas, Organization, and Voice Learners will examine specific strategies to teach the first three traits: ideas, organization, and voice. Lesson 3: Teaching Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions Learners will investigate specific teaching strategies for the traits of word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. adapt and review resources and focus lessons for teaching word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions. connect the traits word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions to steps in the writing process. Lesson 4: Assessment and the 6+1 Traits Learners will assess student progress and achievement in the 6+1 Traits with the use of scoring guides. increase their comfort and confidence with analytic trait scoring and scoring conventions. utilize assessment as a classroom teaching tool through practice and application. Lesson 5: Using Literature to Teach the 6+1 Traits Learners will investigate the philosophy related to literature and 6+1 Traits. evaluate lesson planning ideas in grades K-12. critique segmented streamed video related to 6+1 Traits and literature. Lesson 6: Supporting the 6+1 Writing Traits with Technology Learners will compare the writing process of 6+1 Trait Writing and the Big6 Research model. evaluate online resources to support prewriting strategies. review publication opportunities and software available to their students. Lesson 7: Revision Strategies and Creating a Writing-Centered Classroom Learners will identify solutions to address student reluctance to revise. review ways to manage student-teacher writing conferences. examine activities to teach focused revision by trait. use the revision process to a classroom writing prompt. Back To Top Assessment Project Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Exemplary Ideas, Content, Project does not Project Project states and Voice address mentions specific curricular curricular curricular needs. needs. needs. Organization Format is Format is Project is unclear; easy to extremely organization is follow; ideas well difficult to are generally organized; follow. clear. smooth transitions enhance effectiveness of Project. Word Choice, Word choice is Word choice Word choice Sentence inappropriate; is acceptable. is exemplary; Fluency, and several spelling a few spelling no spelling Conventions and and and grammatical grammatical grammatical errors are errors are errors are present. present. present. Resources Does not use Uses Goes beyond resources resources in stated effectively. stated resources; objectives. brings personal ideas and information to enhance Project. Standards and Standards have Standards Standards AIMS not guided the have guided have guided development of the the the content. development development of the of the content. content, activities, assessment, and evaluation of this Project. Technology Project does not Project Project Integration integrate integrates integrates technology. some specific uses technology. of technology to support curricular activities. Implementation Gives no Gives some Gives clear, explanation of explanation specific how Project will of how explanation of be or was Project will how Project implemented. be or was will be or was implemented implemented. Back To Top Project For your course Project, you will identify a unit of study in your curriculum where your students create a written essay or narrative, which can be enhanced by incorporating the 6 + 1 Writing Traits. You will use the Project chart to evaluate and adapt your unit, and will complete the chart as you work through the assignments in each lesson. You will upload your Project chart and unit found in Lesson 7 ASSIGNMENT when you have completed them. Submitting Your Project Be sure to put your last name in the file name. Use NO spaces in your filename.