Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction

This dynamic online workshop uses video footage from a full-day Smekens workshop to equip K-12 teachers with the knowledge and tools they need to start teaching the Six Traits of Writing right away. Whether you need to learn a lot about the Six Traits in a hurry or want a “refresher” workshop to get you back on track, this introductory training led by Kristina Smekens provides teachers with the confidence and resources they need to begin implementing the Six Traits model.


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:

  • Answers to the questions “What are the Six Traits?” & “Where did they come from?”
  • Explanation of how to recognize the Six Traits in pictorial writing (K-1), intermediate writing (grades 2-5), and secondary writing (grades 6-12).
  • How the Six Traits unify your instruction of state and national standards and the expectations of state/national writing assessments.
  • Ways to introduce the trait language to students of all ages.
  • Numerous trait-based mini-lesson ideas to target common writing weaknesses.

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

  • Initiate an intentional Six-Traits introduction with your students.
  • Establish a common language and understanding of the traits for the rest of the school year.
  • Better articulate to your students what “good” writing looks and sounds like.
  • Recognize the Six Traits within your students’ writing.
  • Connect each lesson in your writing curriculum to a trait.
  • Teach students how to improve their writing in each of the trait areas.

What teachers are saying about this workshop:

"This workshop gave me the confidence and excitement to incorporate the 6 traits in my classroom. I am eager to begin!"
Julie Peters, teacher at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Fort Wayne, IN

“Kristina just takes the guesswork out of everything to make it ALL make sense!”
Nicki King, teacher at Union Furnace Elementary, Logan, OH

“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

“The best, most helpful teacher-friendly workshop I have ever been to in my 32 years in education! Love everything Smekens!”
Dana Henley, teacher at Seymour Redding Elementary School, Seymour, 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. 

Online workshops secret site

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 the Six Traits Introduction?

Can I earn graduate-level units?

Graduate-level credit for Six Traits of Writing: An Introduction
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.


Register Now

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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