Since blogging about my 6 Traits writing board earlier this year, I have gotten a few emails from teachers wanting to see how it looks in action. This post will share a look at how the 6 traits writing board looks now and how I display my mini-lesson statements. Remember that you can grab the FREE 6 traits writing checklist to help you come up with writing mini-lessons by clicking here.
If you are not familiar with Six Traits Writing or 6 Traits Writing, it is basically a way of organizing mini-lessons or key writing skills into groups. This board allows me to post all of my writing mini-lesson statements (the writing strategies and tips I teach my students).
Using the Six Traits Writing Board
After I teach a writing mini-lesson, I post a really simple, easy to read and understand phrase under the trait that the mini lesson matches. I also try to include a graphic or example to help jog the students’ memory about what that strategy is. I teach some very low writers so this is necessary and so helpful for them!
As we are doing any kind of writing, I am constantly referring back to the board to remind the kids to include all of the traits into their writing. It works! They refer to it, they remind each other about it, and they refer to it during writing conferences! Nothing makes my teacher heart happier than to hear a kid say, I checked my verbs..see right here. LOVE!