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Rolling out the Trait Language to Students: Grades 6-12--Learn how to lay the foundation for a year of writing instruction as Kristina Smekens unveils a systematic approach for using icons and physical triggers to introduce students to the Six Traits of Writing.

Rolling out the Trait Language to Students: Grades 6-12--Learn how to lay the foundation for a year of writing instruction as Kristina Smekens unveils a systematic approach for using icons and physical triggers to introduce students to the Six Traits of Writing.

Delivering Dynamic Mini-Lessons in Writing: Grades 2-5 | Learn the four steps of a powerful writing mini-lesson and how to execute those steps within a 10-15 minute whole-class presentation. Includes Kristina Smekens delivering a lesson to students in a fourth grade classroom. 3 days/$25

Delivering Dynamic Mini-Lessons in Writing: Grades 2-5 | Learn the four steps of a powerful writing mini-lesson and how to execute those steps within a 10-15 minute whole-class presentation. Includes Kristina Smekens delivering a lesson to students in a fourth grade classroom. 3 days/$25

Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts: Grades 3-5 Observe actual classroom footage of Kristina Smekens introducing the Six Traits with six texts over six days. (This video is appropriate for Grades 3-5, however the actual footage was videotaped in a Grade 4 classroom.)

Introducing the 6 Traits in 6 Days with 6 Texts: Grades 3-5 Observe actual classroom footage of Kristina Smekens introducing the Six Traits with six texts over six days. (This video is appropriate for Grades 3-5, however the actual footage was videotaped in a Grade 4 classroom.)

Rolling out the Trait Language to Students: Grades 2-5--Learn how to lay the foundation for a year of writing instruction as Kristina Smekens unveils a systematic approach for using icons and physical triggers to introduce students to the Six Traits of Writing.

Rolling out the Trait Language to Students: Grades 2-5--Learn how to lay the foundation for a year of writing instruction as Kristina Smekens unveils a systematic approach for using icons and physical triggers to introduce students to the Six Traits of Writing.

Delivering Trait-Based Mini-Lessons in Writing: Grades 6-12 Learn how to build a yearlong vision for teaching writing under the umbrella of the Six Traits in grades 6-12. Then watch as Kristina Smekens shares fun and engaging strategies for teaching some of the unique skills associated with each trait.

Delivering Trait-Based Mini-Lessons in Writing: Grades 6-12 Learn how to build a yearlong vision for teaching writing under the umbrella of the Six Traits in grades 6-12. Then watch as Kristina Smekens shares fun and engaging strategies for teaching some of the unique skills associated with each trait.

Adjust writer's voice for purpose & audience When teaching voice, describe it as more than simply a student’s personality on paper. Voice is more accurately how the writer feels about the topic he is writing. Voice is the attitude or tone the writer wants to convey to the audience. Consequently, voice is a choice.

Adjust writer's voice for purpose & audience When teaching voice, describe it as more than simply a student’s personality on paper. Voice is more accurately how the writer feels about the topic he is writing. Voice is the attitude or tone the writer wants to convey to the audience. Consequently, voice is a choice.

Recognizing the Six Traits in Grades 3-5--Join Kristina Smekens to learn to recognize and celebrate the six ingredients of all good writing (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.

Recognizing the Six Traits in Grades 3-5--Join Kristina Smekens to learn to recognize and celebrate the six ingredients of all good writing (ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.

Delivering Trait-Based Mini-Lessons in Writing: Grades 2-5 Learn how to build a yearlong vision for teaching writing under the umbrella of the Six Traits in Grades 2-5. Then watch as Kristina Smekens shares fun and engaging strategies for teaching some of the unique skills associated with each trait.

Delivering Trait-Based Mini-Lessons in Writing: Grades 2-5 Learn how to build a yearlong vision for teaching writing under the umbrella of the Six Traits in Grades 2-5. Then watch as Kristina Smekens shares fun and engaging strategies for teaching some of the unique skills associated with each trait.

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