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Practical ways to teach the 6 Traits

Tips to execute your 6-Traits instruction
 
Execute Mini-Lessons in 4 Steps
Execute Mini-Lessons in 4 Steps
Identify a single, small trait-based skill to teach within each short, 10 to 15-minute lesson.
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Convert Rubric Scores to Grades
Convert Rubric Scores to Grades
Discover how to convert rubric scores to grades with Smekens Education's rubric calculator.
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Upgrade 6-Traits Songs
Upgrade 6-Traits Songs
Join Elizabeth Werner for 6-Traits songs set to the tunes of popular music.
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Use Concrete 6-Traits Lesson Triggers
Use Concrete Lesson Triggers
Learn to use triggers to ramp up engagement and remind students the purpose behind a writing skill.
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Add 6 Types of Details to Student Writing
Add 6 Types of Details
Help students to understand what details to add and how to add them.
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Whip up a 6-Traits Pie
Whip Up a 6-Traits Pie
Watch as Trevor Thurman introduces and connects the traits while making a pie.
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Crescendo to the Strongest Reason in Persuasive Writing
Crescendo to the Strongest Reason
Help students understand that reasons used in persuasive writing need to be ordered intentionally. 
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Adjust Writer Voice for Purpose & Audience
Adjust Voice for Purpose & Audience
Demonstrate for students that voice is more than personality. More accurately it's how a writer feels about a topic.
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Convey Tone with Word Choice
Convey Tone with Word Choice
Consider the power of words. Select the right word connotation to achieve a desired tone in writing.
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Got Purple Words?
Got Purple Words?
Discover how to use a purple highlighter to celebrate great word choice in student writing!
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Conduct Focused Edits for Trait of Conventions
Conduct Focused Edits
Consider the difference between adding a skill to the list and passing out a pre-made checklist.
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Make Room to Edit It for Trait of Conventions
Make Room to Edit It
Get rid of worksheets and start having students use their own authentic writing to apply new skills.
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Clarify Developed versus Just Details in Student Writing
Clarify "Developed" Versus "Details"
Develop writers who include elaborated and supported ideas rather than just listed details.
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Practice Punctuation with Conversations
Practice Punctuation with Conversation
Use everyday converstation to teach students to use punctuation marks.
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Piece Together Informative Introductions
Piece Together Informative Introductions
Think puzzle pieces rather than a recipe or formula for informative introductions.
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Craft Informative Conclusions
Craft Informative Conclusions
Push students to go beyond the middle to end with a concluding statement.
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Motivate Young Writers During the Holidays
Motivate Young Writers with Topics
Keep students focused on writing as you approach the holidays.
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Identify the Beginning, Middle, End of PK-1 Opinion Writing
Identify the Beginning, Middle, End of PK-1 Opinion Writing
QUESTION: What should we expect?
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Motivate Young Writers During the Holidays
Convey Tone & Mood with Sentence Length
Use the Slinky test to help students learn to vary their sentence lengths.
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