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    Power Write and 6 Traits
    By LindaR

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    I've used Power Writing for the past 6 years, which, as Imalith so wonderfully described, focuses mainly upon organization. Organization is an important trait, though :) Recently, I worked with my 6th grade students to establish a rubric based on the 6 traits, and each day we've been practicing different aspects of the traits. My goal is for my students to self-assess their writing, using the 6 traits to guide them.

    During read-alouds, I make it a point to identify the different traits (voice, word choice, or sentence fluency, especially). As well, I have my students identify the traits in their own reading and benchmark papers. We are still growing in the traits, and we'll soon be peer editing with the traits rubric.

    You may want to start the kids out in small groups to make a poster of what good writers do. Have them write "Good writers..." in the center of a large chart paper, with a cloud around the sentence starter. Then, have each student write down whatever comes to his/her mind regarding good writers. Have them share out with the class. You can then encourage them by pointing out how much they already know about good writing!

    I do think the key is for YOU to be excited about having the 6 traits "empowering" your writers. Have you checked out Teaching that Makes Sense (TTMS)? It's a FABULOUS website that offers exceptional downloads (free!) of 6 Trait ideas and activities, including a Good Writers packet for the kids to use.

    Have your kids become the "experts" of the traits. I divided my students into 6 groups (one group for each trait), and they used the packet from the TTMS website to make a poster for their particular trait. We continually refer to these.

    These are just a few thoughts and ideas....Happy writing!


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