Introduce the 6 Traits

Introduce the 6 Traits

If you spend some time in the early weeks of school describing what “good” writing includes, then you can curb the number of times you hear Is this good? Am I done? Is this what you want?? from your students. GOOD WRITING INGREDIENTS The six researched...
Create Yearlong 6-Traits Bulletin Boards

Create Yearlong 6-Traits Bulletin Boards

Learning Center Subscribe to Ask Smekens Filter by Category: All Reading Reader's Workshop Management Comprehension Planning Comprehension Lessons Standardized Reading Assessments Text Selection Annotating & Note-Taking Writing About Reading Literacy Stations...
Use a Cheat Sheet to Recognize the 6 Traits

Use a Cheat Sheet to Recognize the 6 Traits

Your students won’t truly know the 6 Traits of Writing until you do. Oh, maybe they’ll be able to rattle off the six terms, but do they know the little nuggets that fall under each trait? Do they really understand what that trait includes? Do you? To...
Let Your Voice Be Heard

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Many of you have heard Kristina Smekens’ explanation for the trait of voice–it’s the writer’s attitude about the topic. With that said, consider introducing the trait with a “face” icon; play off the idea of facial expressions for...