For the past two years, I have used a Cafe inspired 6 Traits Writing Board. Here is a picture from the beginning of year. If you are not familiar with Cafe Reading, this strategy breaks down reading into four groups: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary. Mini lessons and strategies are taught that fall under those categories. Boards are used to hang the mini lessons on to document the learning and remind the students of the strategies taught. Click here to read more about this strategy. After being told that we were using 6 Traits Writing for our writing framework this year, I knew I wanted to do a similar board to showcase our learning.
I found these adorable 6 Traits Writing Posters on Proteacher and hung them above two pieces of construction paper. You can find the posters that I used on this post on the forum. The students and I will add strategies under each poster as I teach mini lessons. We will use sentence strips to record the mini lesson title under the poster. Example: “Spicy Verbs” under Word Choice or “Tricky Homophones” under Conventions. I also like to post a student paper that shows a great use of the trait on the second piece of construction paper. This works as a great model and the students love it. To see an update of this board, click here.
I use a checklist to help plan my 6 Traits Writing mini lessons and to to use as a student reference when conferencing. I have broken down each trait into several specific mini lessons and strategies to teach. The students have a copy of this checklist in their writing notebook and we check off the skills as they demonstrate mastery of them. We highlight the ones they are currently working on.
Do you use 6 Traits Writing in your classroom?