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    Re: 6 traits in kindergarten ????

    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
    >>> appreciated.
    >> 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!
    >> Judi