Need a way to remind your students of all the 6 Traits writing strategies you have taught them? This post shares how I organize my writing mini-lessons and how I display them for my students using a dedicated bulletin board. To help you come up with mini-lessons, I also include the writing checklist I use for free.
All About the 6 Traits Writing Board
For the past two years, I have used a Cafe inspired board for 6 Traits. If you are not familiar with Cafe Reading, this strategy breaks down reading into four groups: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary. Mini lessons and strategies that are taught typically fall under those categories.
Cafe boards are used to hang the mini-lesson statements to document the learning. They also remind the students of the strategies taught. Click here to read more about this strategy.
After being told that we were using this writing framework for this year, I knew I wanted to do a similar board to showcase our learning. Below is a picture from the beginning of the year of my 6 Traits Writing board.
I found these bright, colorful 6 Traits Writing Posters on Proteacher and hung them above two pieces of construction paper. You can find the posters that I used on this post on the forum. The students and I will add strategies under each poster as I teach mini lessons. We will use sentence strips to record the mini lesson title under the poster. Examples: “Spicy Verbs” under Word Choice or “Tricky Homophones” under Conventions.
I also like to post a student paper that shows a great use of the trait on the second piece of construction paper. This works as a great model and the students love it. Click here to see an updated post about the 6 Traits Writing board and see examples of the mini-lessons.
About the Mini-Lessons
While I conference with students, I use a checklist to help plan my writing mini-lessons and to use as a student reference. I have broken down each trait into several specific mini-lessons and strategies to teach. The students have a copy of this checklist in their writing notebook. We check off the skills as they demonstrate mastery of them. We highlight the ones they are currently working on. This is not an exhaustive list! I am sure I will add to it as the year progresses and as I become more comfortable and familiar with teaching the material.
Do you use 6 Traits Writing in your classroom?