The Six Traits of Writing

Learn the features of high quality writing.

Overview

The Six Traits +1 outlines a set of characteristics commonly featured in pieces of high quality writing. Knowing and recognising the traits supports teachers to analyse student drafts to plan meaningful and relevant lessons. The traits assist educators to identify the skills and content students must acquire to develop proficiency as a writer.

The Six Traits have been the subject of great interest by educators since their development and this continues today. Many current criteria sheets, rubrics and assessment proformas for writing are based around the traits, most using similar formats, or modifications or innovations on the original framework.

In this full-day workshop for primary teachers, the Six Traits are explored and examined in relation to teaching goals, lesson examples and student work samples. The features of the +1, or presentation, are also discussed.

Content addressed in this workshop includes:

  • the traits: ideas, organisation, voice, word choice, fluency, conventions, presentation
  • how the traits relate to the writing process
  • lesson ideas for teaching the traits
  • recognising the traits in students' writing
  • how to plan lessons using data from students' drafts
  • using rubrics for summative assessment and relating rubrics to NAPLAN writing criteria
  • the importance of student reflection and self-monitoring
  • approaches for teaching writing

Teachers attending this workshop should bring copies of writing samples to use for analysis and cooperative learning.

You will receive:

  • workshop notes
  • tea/coffee on arrival, morning tea and lunch
  • a Literacy Solutions' classroom resource

Cost

$275 + GST (Limited places are available so please register early.)
RSVP: Five (5) working days prior to workshop

Should you attend?

The Six Traits of Writing is suitable for Teachers of years 2-6.

Where and when?

See our workshop calendar for locations, venues and dates.