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6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, Grades 3 and Up Paperback – 2003
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This book has really taught me a lot about using the traits. Each chapter is very in depth and has good examples. There are sample lesson plans and suggestions on ways to emphasize each of the traits.
I like the traits because it's a great way to break writing into manageable parts. I'm not just telling my students they got a "C" on a paper. Instead, I'm telling them they wrote a paper that has some strengths and some weaknesses. Further, I can tell them where the weaknesses are and what I think they should do to improve it.
But, maybe the best thing is that I am teaching them to score each other's papers and it guides their thinking and scoring. There's a companion book of worksheets and other reproducibles that is almost a must have because it includes rubrics and scoring sheets for students to use.
My only wish is that there was a separate book for secondary students. The standards for writing are different. But, even still, this book does cover secondary teaching and I find it very useful.
I highly recommend this book if you want to teach your students to be better writers.
As an added bonus, Ruth practices what she preaches. The book is beautifully written, strong in all the traits. I truly enjoyed reading it from cover to cover. Writing teachers of all levels will treasure this valuable resource!
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I used this book to teach writing at a small private school of about 12 kids. I'm not a teacher by profession, but because I had home-schooled my kids for 18 yrs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Caza
I would like a few more explicit lessons to use, but the rubrics and comments to use are great.Published 11 months ago by Belinda C. Griffin
Good book although some pages were cut a bit shorter than the restPublished 15 months ago by Ana Griffin
A great resource that explains the methodology well. It reduces writing to a quantifiable activity versus an art form. Great for a teacher that needs to grade student work etc. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Textian