Jun 12, 2011
On 7/05/10, KMI wrote:
> Check out Maria Walther's book, Month by Month Writing
> Instructin Using the Traits (Scholastic). It's for grades K-2;
> she gives some great ideas for using mentor texts and
> incorporating 6 traits instruction into morning message.
> On 7/05/10, Judith wrote:
>> On 7/05/10, Nancy wrote:
>>> Just heard from principal: this year using 6 traits. I
>>> teach kindergarten. Please help! Many questions! Does it
>>> work? Good/appropriate resources? Any info much
>> Dear Nancy,
>> This could be fun! Kinders are delightful, and they have so
>> many (original, mistaken, funny, charming, strange) ideas in
>> their heads! I suggest you tap in to those ideas to start.
>> Keep a large piece of butcher paper where they can reach it,
>> and start them off with labeled pictures of things they can
>> write about. Let them add pictures of their own, and when they
>> tell you what they've drawn, label the pictures. If there are
>> labels on the pictures, they have a word to copy for their own
>> drawings,-and lets be honest,-they probably won't be writing
>> sentences until close to the end of the year, if at all.
>> There are many, many 6-trait resources on the web, so do a
>> little digging and surfing to find them. Your daily
>> mini-lessons can be about the letter of the week, about the
>> vocabulary for the science you will be teaching them, about
>> action words, etc. Their writing can be a drawing of them and
>> a cat, or another family member, or a trip to the store, or
>> their favorite dinner,-the possibilities are endless!
>> You can also find scoring rubrics on the web,-be sure you find
>> and use the one for beginning writers. Don't expect too much
>> sophistication, but also don't let them get away with doing
>> nothing. Schedule regular writing conferences with them, and
>> hold them accountable!
>> Once a month, have them choose their best piece of writing for
>> their writing portfolio. To make a portfolio, use 5 pieces of
>> large 12X18 construction paper, and fold it in half to make
>> pages. Glue or tape their selected piece to the pages, in
>> order. Both you and they will be able to see their progress
>> over the course of the year.
>> I hope this helps and gets you started. Have fun!