The Six Traits of Writing

Learn the features of high quality writing.


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 has been the subject of great interest by educators since its 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 2 part webinar 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
  • an overview of the approaches for teaching writing.

You will receive (after payment is received):

  • webinar notes (downloadable at the beginning of the session)
  • a Literacy Solutions' classroom resource

Attendees should bring along:

  • Rough draft writing samples to use for analysis and cooperative learning.


$185 + GST (Limited places are available so please register early.)


Refer to the Webinar calendar for available dates.

This webinar occurs over two days. Each day will include a 2.5 hour session with a brief afternoon tea intermission.

Should you attend?

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

Where and when?

See our webinar calendar for dates and times.