Six Trait Writing Resource Links
  1. __http://writingfix.com/traits.htm__
    Writing Fix has all things writing-lessons, prompts, and trait specific lessons, many of which use picture books to teach the traits. To find Mentor Texts from the left hand navigation menu choose Mentor Texts, then your grade level or use the guide in this packet and search the Mentor Text Bibliography by Trait.

  2. __http://www.edinaschools.org/Page/2343__Activites, Link to Book Lists, Example Papers, Graphic Org.

  3. __http://www.smekenseducation.com/6-traits-of-writing.html__ Rationalle Taught with Icons for Each Trait, Trait Bulletin Boards, Favorite Pic Books, songs6.

  4. __http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/mentor-texts-traits-writing__ Lists of Books with a brief explanation of how the book addresses the trait
__http://educationnorthwest.org/traits?qt-6_1_traits_quicktab=1#qt-6_1_traits_quicktab__
Education Northwest is the original source of six trait writing and provides rubrics, student samples, and CCSS crosswalks.

http://www.webenglishteacher.com/6traits.html
WebEnglishTeacher provides links to several specific writing fix lessons. Might be a place to start if writing fix overwhelms you.

__http://www.cleverschoolteacher.com/Shop.aspx__Company has book sets by trait to sneak a peak at what books made their list for ideas for lessons!

__http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.com/writing/sixtrait/menu.htm__
Links to poster, lessons and many things by trait.

http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/scholasticprofessional/authors/culham.htm
6 Trait guru, Ruth Culham’s Scholastic product site. Includes links to other resources from scholastic and some free video clips of trait lessons.

http://www.culhamwriting.com/library.html
Ruth Culham’s personal site-use the links at the top to access rubrics, how the traits tie to CCSS, podcasts and more…

http://www.scoop.it/t/6-traits-resources/?tag=6-traits
Multiple articles, etc. on 6 Traits.

__http://www.wiredinstructor.net/TraitsLinks.html__
Miscellaneous Trait-Related Links

http://www.edmondschools.net/AboutUs/Curriculum/CurriculumSpecialties/TheWritingCenter/HighSchoolHome/HighSchWritingTraits.aspx
Highschool Six Traits Site

__http://www.readwritethink.org/__
Great site for all things reading and writing, do a search for six trait lessons!

__http://tusdstats.tusd.k12.az.us/planning/resources/getting_to_know_the_six_traits/teaching_the_traits_front.asp__
Lists random ideas for each trait…

http://www.literatelearner.com/6traits/page_template6t.php?f=main
This site has a 5/3/1 rubric and then gives examples of what writing would score 5/3/1 might be good examples for showing kids what “good” writing sounds like and looks like….

http://so024.k12.sd.us/6%20+%201%20Traits.htm
Writing Traits Units by Trait

http://www.pinterest.com/yingling/writing-6-traits/
Decent pinterest page….

__http://www.smekenseducation.com/6-traits-of-writing.html__ Rationalle Taught with Icons for Each Trait, Trait Bulletin Boards, Favorite Pic Books, songs

__http://www.weareteachers.com/docs/promotions/the-six-traits-across-the-curriculum-a-writer's-roadmap-pdf-.pdf?sfvrsn=0__6 Traits Across the Curriculum Graphic

__http://www.ttms.org/writing_quality/writing_quality.htm__ How to Score Writing-What is Good Writing?

__http://www.cleverschoolteacher.com/Shop.aspx__Company has book sets by trait to sneak a peak at what books made their list for ideas for lessons!
TIPS ON TEACHING THE TRAITS

-When Using Mentor Texts to model the traits---READ LIKE A WRITER! Do a Think Aloud about the Writing Traits as well as the Reading Skills. Make a conscious effort to make note of ways the author’s work exhibits the traits.

-The Library Catalog has books sorted by Trait by going to the Catalog and clicking Resource Lists!

-Also, remember that a Mentor Text may be used to introduce more than one trait.

-Point out and discuss how the writer addresses different Traits. Look for interesting things that model the traits for the students.

-Use the Trait Words when talking about a text/piece of writing.

-Keep it Simple--When preparing a lesson about a story in your reading textbook. See if there are any good examples of the Traits you can pull out. Add sticky notes to you margins to remind yourself to point out the examples as you read the story in class. On a first reading, you are more likely to be struck by the strong voice, interesting organization, powerful word choice, etc.

-Also, try using examples of poor writing and writing that utilizes the traits to show students what “good” writing looks like.
-Create Webs/Mindmaps using:
__http://mindmapmaker.org/__ or __http://popplet.com/__(popplet is easier if adding images or videos)