Sevier 6+1 Traits


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Sevier 6+1 Traits

  1. 1. Big Picture Writing Workshop Traits Writing Process
  2. 2. 6+1 TRAIT Model is… … a vocabulary teachers use to describe their vision of what good writing looks like-any kind of writing. Ruth Culham, pg 7
  3. 3. Keep in mind that the six traits are not a curriculum, not a program. They are a way of thinking about writing that leads to understanding Vicki Spandel Creating Young Writers 2004 6 + 1 Trait Writing
  4. 4. Two Groups of Traits <ul><li>Revision Traits </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Voice </li></ul><ul><li>Word Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Sentence Fluency </li></ul><ul><li>Editing Traits </li></ul><ul><li>Conventions </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ideas … … make up the content of the piece of writing- the heart of the message. Ruth Culham, pg 11
  6. 6. Ideas <ul><li>The heart of the message </li></ul><ul><li>The theme plus the details </li></ul><ul><li>Interesting, important and informative details </li></ul><ul><li>Details that the reader would not normally anticipate </li></ul><ul><li>The extraordinary, the unusual that others may not see </li></ul>
  7. 7. Literature Models for Ideas <ul><li>Saturday Market </li></ul><ul><li>By Patricia Grossman and Enrique Sanchez </li></ul><ul><li>Momma, Where Are You From </li></ul><ul><li>By Marie Bradby </li></ul>
  8. 8. Organization… … is the internal structure of the piece, the thread of meaning, the logical pattern of the ideas. Ruth Culham, p 11
  9. 9. Organization <ul><li>Design and structure of a piece </li></ul><ul><li>Holds the information together </li></ul><ul><li>Presents information that is both comprehensible and memorable </li></ul><ul><li>For example: Interesting lead, problem/solution, interesting ending </li></ul>
  10. 10. Literature Models for Organization <ul><li>Strong Leads </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How I Became a Pirate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>By Melinda Long and David Shannon </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Surprise Ending </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Too Many Tamales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By Gary Soto </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Voice … … is the soul of the piece. It’s what makes the writer’s style singular, as his or her feelings and convictions come out through the words. Ruth Culham, p 12
  12. 12. Voice separates writing that is read from writing that is not read. Donald Murray
  13. 13. Voice <ul><li>Personality of writer on paper </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence of writer to reveal her passion for topic </li></ul><ul><li>Reveals the writer’s true self </li></ul><ul><li>Writer’s “inner voice” on paper </li></ul><ul><li>Shows the writer’s honesty </li></ul>
  14. 14. Literature Models for Voice <ul><li>Diary of a Spider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Voices in the Park </li></ul><ul><li>By Anthony Browne </li></ul>
  15. 15. Word Choice… … is at its best when it includes the use of rich, colorful, precise language that moves and enlightens the reader. Ruth Culham, p 12
  16. 16. Word Choice <ul><li>Using the right words at the right moment </li></ul><ul><li>Contributes to clarity (specific words) </li></ul><ul><li>Evokes feelings, moods, likes and dislikes </li></ul><ul><li>Paints pictures for the reader </li></ul><ul><li>For young writers it often means learning new words </li></ul>
  17. 17. Literature Models for Word Choice <ul><li>Hello, Harvest Moon </li></ul><ul><li>By Ralph Fletcher </li></ul><ul><li>The Weighty Word Book </li></ul><ul><li>By Levitt, Burger, and Guralnick </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sentence Fluency… … is the flow of the language, the sound of word patterns-the way the writing plays to the ear, not just to the eye. Ruth Culham, p12
  19. 19. Sentence Fluency <ul><li>The rhythm and flow of language </li></ul><ul><li>Both word choice and sentence fluency contribute to voice </li></ul><ul><li>It’s what makes the language flow </li></ul><ul><li>The way words play to the ear </li></ul><ul><li>Sentence variety </li></ul>
  20. 20. Literature Models for Sentence Fluency <ul><li>How I Spent My Summer Vacation </li></ul><ul><li>By Mark Teague </li></ul><ul><li>Something Beautiful </li></ul><ul><li>By Sharon Wyeth </li></ul>
  21. 21. Conventions… … represent the piece’s level of correctness- the extent to which the writer uses grammar and mechanics with precision. Ruth Culham, p12
  22. 22. Conventions <ul><li>Spelling </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Capitals </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar and usage </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraphing </li></ul>
  23. 23. Literature Models for Conventions <ul><li>Punctuation Takes A Vacation </li></ul><ul><li>By Robin Pulver </li></ul><ul><li>Eats, Shoots, and Leaves </li></ul><ul><li>By L. Truss </li></ul>
  24. 24. Presentation… … zeros in on the form and layout- how pleasing the piece is to the eye. Ruth Culham, p12
  25. 25. Presentation <ul><li>How text is formatted and presented </li></ul><ul><li>Varies if text is hand written or word processed </li></ul><ul><li>Text is readable and understandable </li></ul><ul><li>Integration of visuals </li></ul><ul><li>Use of white space </li></ul><ul><li>Titles, page numbering and bullets </li></ul>
  26. 26. Literature Models for Presentation <ul><li>The Great Fuzz Frenzy </li></ul><ul><li>By Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel </li></ul><ul><li>Science Verse </li></ul><ul><ul><li> By Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. When learners are well served, assessment becomes a learning experience that supports and improves instruction. The learners are not just the students but also the teachers, who learn something about their students. Regie Routman Conversations (2001)