Pinterest • The world’s catalogue of ideas

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 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.

Kids Books That Teach Important Life Lessons

Wondering which picture books to use to introduce the 6 Traits? Kristina Smekens made a list of her favorites grouped by trait for primary and upper grades.

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.

Did you know that you can watch a free 4-minute preview of any Smekens Education webPD video? Click to watch Kristina Smekens present Rolling Out the Trait Language to Students: Grades 6-12.

6 Traits of Writing Posters for Classroom Display - Quotes for Each Trait

Six Traits of Writing is a staple in many teachers' approach to teaching writing. These colorful posters are perfect for display in the classroom to remind students of what the 6 Traits are and why they are important! The set includes a quote for each trait (Ideas, Organization, Sentence Fluency, Conventions, Voice, and Word Choice). 2 versions of the posters: one version has a chalkboard background and the other has a white background.

Writing VOICES Checklist (6 traits of writing)

Have your students use this checklist prior to publishing to ensure they wrote with their VOICES! Voice OrganizationIdeasConventionsExcellent Word Choice Sentence Fluencey (PDF includes checklist with 3 different headers)

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.)