Six Traits of Writing: Implementation Strategies

If you’ve heard Kristina Smekens’ Six-Traits Introduction, then you’re ready to take it to the next level. This dynamic online workshop utilizes video footage from a full-day Smekens workshop and addresses how to take the Six Traits from six words floating around the classroom to full-blown immersion and implementation all year long. Kristina will offer you ways to organize, manage, and implement the traits to heighten the effectiveness of your writing instruction.


Step 1

a Viewing Option

Pick between "Verified" and "Flexible" viewing options.
Step 2

Strategies that Work

Watch the on-demand videos at your own pace.
Step 3

Every Student

Implement what you learned right away!



Topics covered:

  • Building a writer’s workshop anchored in the Six Traits — including the instructional lesson, independent writing time, writer conferences, and the group share-out.
  • Recognizing the traits within each step of the writing process.
  • Strategies for assessing student writing, including when to score for particular traits and when to assess all of them.
  • Teaching students that the Six Traits are within every type of writing.

When you complete the workshop, you'll be able to:

  • Weave the trait language throughout all three phases of the writer’s workshop.
  • Plan writing units to target the most significant traits and writing skills.
  • Introduce and utilize kid-generated rubrics to assess student writing.
  • Convert a set of rubric scores to grades/points.
  • Utilize the Six Traits to organize and drive your writer’s workshop mini-lessons.
  • Improve the effectiveness of writer conferences and student revision with management routines and trait language.

What teachers are saying about this workshop:

“My mind has been blown. I can’t wait to start teaching the 6 Traits. I feel like I have somewhere to start now, and I feel confident about it.”
Jennifer Miller, teacher at Eastside Elementary School, Brazil, IN

“Kristina has what it takes to get educators excited about teaching writing.”
Teresa LeBeau, instructional coach at CSC Southern Hancock County, Greenfield, IN

“I had been teaching 6 traits for 2 years now with no real training. This really made the big picture make sense. The training also organized my brain about each trait itself.”
Brittany Grimm, teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary, Indianapolis, IN

“I now know where to start with my instruction. As a first year teacher, I needed the jumping-off point.”
Rachel Gish, teacher at Holy Family School, New Albany, IN

"Totally changed the way I will teach writing. So helpful. Amazing! I learned so much. It was engaging and informative for K-12."
Susanne Borders, teacher at St. Joseph Grade School, South Bend, IN

Frequently asked questions:

Once I register, when does my access start?

Once I register, when does my access start?

Immediately! Once you register and submit payment, you will be redirected to the workshop page which contains all the videos included in your workshop enrollment.
How long do I have access to the workshop?

How long do I have access to the workshop?

Once you enroll in the online workshop, you can access the content for 30 days. The self-paced format means you determine how fast or slow you move through the workshop.

Your workshop registration also comes with lifetime access to exclusive digital resources in the "Secret Site" that accompanies this workshop. Here you'll find classroom-ready worksheets and blackline masters, along with videos and articles to take your learning further. Teachers love the way the "Secret Site" helps them implement what they learn in the workshop. 

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Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Can I share my workshop with colleagues?

Sorry, online workshop sharing is not allowed. Our Terms of Use specify that one registration fee allows access for just one person. However, we are happy to offer group discounts. Give us a call at (888) 376-0448 to get the details. 
Can I get continuing education credits?

Can I get continuing education credits?

Most likely! With prior approval from your school district, participants may receive credit for up to 5 hours of professional development for each workshop. A Certificate of Completion is provided to participants when they complete all aspects of the workshop. For possible Illinois-approved credit, please contact our office.

Note: A Certificate of Completion is only provided when you complete the Verified View option for this workshop. 
Can I earn graduate-level units for Six Traits of Writing Implementation Strategies?

Can I earn graduate-level units?

Graduate-level credit for Six Traits of Writing: Implementation Strategies
Thanks to a partnership with the University of the Pacific, educators who enroll in a webAcademy workshop can earn 1, 2, or 3 graduate-level units. (To earn graduate-level units, participants must select the "Verified View" enrollment option. Graduate-level units cost is separate from registration fees. Units are $62 each.)

Graduate-level units offered through the University of the Pacific are non-degree units which are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (These are post-baccalaureate professional development semester units of non-degree graduate level and are not applicable to a degree at University of the Pacific.) To learn more, contact us by email or call (888) 376-0448.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

What if I am unhappy with the workshop?

We would never want you to be unhappy! That’s why every online workshop comes with a 100% money back guarantee. We are convinced the simple and effective strategies will transform the way you teach so we stand behind this workshop with full confidence. If you aren’t satisfied, contact me within the first ten days of your purchase, and I will give you a refund immediately. There are no additional forms to fill out, and there will be no delay. Just call (888) 376-0448 and ask for Brady or email me directly. We believe so strongly in this online workshop that we give you our personal promise of a speedy, hassle-free, no-questions-asked, total and complete refund.

Brady Smekens
Director of Professional Development
Smekens Education Solutions, Inc.


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Immediate access: $139


Discounts available!

  • Teams of 3+: Save $15 per person.
  • Teams of 15+: Call us at (888) 376-0448 for custom pricing.

What's included with your registration?

  • 30-day access to the workshop
  • 5+ hours of dynamic workshop content
  • Lifetime access to classroom-ready digital resources
Target Audience
  • K-6 Classroom Teachers
  • 6-12 Language Arts Teachers
  • K-12 High-Ability Teachers
  • ELL Teachers
  • Literacy Coaches / Coordinators
  • Curriculum Directors
  • Title I Teachers/Directors
  • Principals & Assistant Principals

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