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!
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