Introduction to the Six Traits of Writing

Learn the features of high quality writing.


Introduction to the Six Traits +1 outlines a set of characteristics which are inherent in high quality writing of all text types. 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 writers. Ongoing interest from teachers, ongoing research into their effectiveness and an ever-increasing adoption rate has seen the Traits make their way into schools across the globe. Many current criteria sheets, rubrics and assessment proformas for writing are based around the Traits, many using similar formats or modifications of the original framework.

In this after-school workshop for primary teachers, the Six Traits are introduced, explored and examined in relation to teaching goals, mentor texts and lesson examples. The features of the +1, or presentation, will also be outlined.

Content addressed in this workshop includes:

  • The Traits: ideas, organisation, voice, word choice, fluency, conventions
  • The Traits and the writing process
  • Lesson ideas for teaching the Traits
  • Recognising the Traits in students' writing and planning from data
  • Rubrics for summative assessment
  • Student reflection and self-monitoring
  • How the Traits align with quality pedagogy (Modelled, Shared, Guided Writing)

You will receive:

  • Webinar notes


$75 + GST (Limited places are available so please register early.)
RSVP: Five (5) working days prior to workshop

Should you attend?

Introduction to the Six Traits of Writing is suitable for Teachers of years 2-6.

Camera and microphone

To promote optimal learning for all participants, this webinar is interactive. All attendees are required to have their CAMERAs AND MICROPHONEs TURNED ON AT ALL TIMES DURING THE WEBINAR and BE SEATED AT A KEYBOARD to use the ‘chat box’ feature when required. Failure to adhere may result in removal from the webinar room. To ensure fluid interaction, NO MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE PER DEVICE IS PERMITTED.

Where and when?

See our webinar calendar for dates and times.