Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and Merry Christmas! We didn’t get any snow in Georgia, but my family and I did drive up to the mountains earlier today to check out the snow on top. Now, little Brody is tuckered out and has been in bed since 5! WOW! That is unusual for Brody bear! Think 9 year old Autistic boy with TONS of energy. So I have some time to blog. 😀
I thought I would blog a little about writing and how I integrate the 6 Traits of Writing into my daily writing. To read my first post about this and grab a free checklist of skills to use by trait, click here. To me, 6 Traits Writing is simply a way of organizing mini lessons or key writing skills into groups. With that in mind, I have used a CAFE inspired 6 Traits Board for several years now. Here is a snapshot of it!
sooo lucky in that regard. So the board and the code which will come later are biased towards writing narrative stories. However, the board can be used for all types of stories!
Here is how I use the board: After I teach a writing mini-lesson, I post a really simple, easy to read and understand phrase under the trait that the mini lesson matches. I also tried to include a graphic or example to help jog the students’ memory about what that strategy is. I teach some very low writers so this is necessary and so helpful for them! As we are doing any kind of writing, I am constantly referring back to the board to remind the kids to include all of the traits into their writing. It works! They refer to it, they remind each other about it, and they refer to it during writing conferences! Nothing makes my teacher heart happier than to hear a kid say, I checked my verbs..see right here. LOVE!