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    Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(
    Posted by: margi on 7/29/09
    (16) Comments

    I teach the traits to my first graders. I start off with
    ideas by using the song, and explaining the concept. We
    discuss how to come up with an idea, a writers notebook,
    adding details, keeping the topic small, etc. Lucy Calkins
    does a good job with this and there are many resources by
    Ruth Culham available. After a few weeks, I move to
    organization. Again I introduce the song and start off by
    explaining. I use many picture books to highlight different
    ways authors organize their writing. We make our own books
    based on these mentor texts. For example, after reading
    alphabet books we choose the topic and create an alphabet
    book. Or we might write like Eric Carle in Brown Bear (only
    the content changes, not pattern). I spend a long time with
    organization because we discuss sequencing and move into
    using first, next, then, etc. I usually go to word choice
    next, again starting with song. As I read books we listen
    for great or sparkle words, make lists, learn to use a
    classroom thesaurus, etc. We then move on to voice, sentence
    fluency, conventions. I teach each one separately and use
    rubic, but as the year progresses I expect kids to
    incorporate each trait as they are learning new ones. By the
    end of the year most students can explain each trait, know
    the songs, and use the kid rubric to help themselves improve
    their writing. Google six traits and buy books by Ruth
    Culham. You will love using the traits to improve writing
    and analyzing books!
    On 7/29/09, ElemTeacher wrote:
    > I really need some direction in how to teach the 6+1 Writing
    > Traits. Last year was my first year in Language Arts and we
    > adopted a new reading series that supports the traits.
    > There was no formal plan for teaching writing prior to this;
    > every teacher did his/her own thing. Although we went to a
    > workshop on the traits, it didn't help much.
    >
    > We use the Harcourt reading series and I'm going through the
    > first two themes trying to plan my writing instruction. The
    > traits are broken down and taught individually, it seems.
    > Two chapters are devoted to each trait...in the order of
    > voice, word choice, ideas, organization, etc.
    >
    > Are the traits supposed to be taught separately?
    >
    > One of my colleagues said that they should be taught
    > altogether, as part of the writing process. She seems to
    > simply point out, "This is what we mean by ideas" during the
    > pre-writing stage, etc. I actually tried this during
    > writer's workshop and didn't like it. It was as though I
    > just glossed over the traits without really exploring it
    > with the children.
    >
    > I'm really confused and I want to do well with this. How do
    > you teach the 6+1 writing traits? (I teach 4th grade)


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  • Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/29/09, by ElemTeacher.
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/29/09, by Rosann.
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/29/09, by ITeach3rd.
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/29/09, by ITeach3.
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/29/09, by To Rosann from O.P..
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/29/09, by margi.
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/29/09, by O.P..
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/29/09, by First year teacher.
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/30/09, by Crystal De la Mora.
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/30/09, by agtchr.
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/30/09, by O.P..
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 7/30/09, by txteacher586.
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 8/01/09, by Rita.
  • Re: Need direction, please - to OP, 8/01/09, by teach4.
  • Re: Need direction, please - to OP, 8/02/09, by to Teach4th from O.P..
  • Re: Very Lost -- Need direction, please :o(, 10/06/09, by JM.